In West Africa, for-profit ram farming is emerging as a popular activity in both rural and urban settings. The phenomenon is linked to the growing demand for good-quality meat concurrent with the population growth in urban areas. Demand spikes around the religious holiday periods (Tabaski, Christmas, etc.).
The hygiene and fertilization section is a multisectoral sustainable development project, as it takes into account the aspects of sanitation, environment, productivity and social cohesion. Inspired by the successful experience of the KOASSANGA Association in the locality of Barkouytenga, this project was carried out for the displaced households of the Boungou mine in the Eastern region.
Since May 15, 2010, the SEMAFO Foundation has been helping people of the region of Balé and Mouhoun in the production and marketing of sesame. For various reasons, sesame prices vary enormously. The overall objective of the warrantage is to fight against poverty and food insecurity.
Chantal Guérin, director of the SEMAFO Foundation, visited several women’s groups in order to train them to pick mats from recycled milk bags. These mats made from Canadian milk bags are thicker and the plastic is specially designed to stay fresh and repel insects. Women appreciate it a lot for these reasons. Once woven, the mats are very comfortable, especially compared to the dirt floor on which children usually sleep.
The SEMAFO Foundation, anxious to support job creation, took advantage of the scarcity of dressmakers in the Eastern region to set up a Couture project. Before, the opportunity of the installation of the Boungou mine and the needs in uniform of the company, the opportunity was to seize.
Women often face difficulties in accessing credit because they do not have a guarantee from institutions working in the field. Yet, they have crops that could be used to access these credits, provided that these crops are stored in good conditions and duly recorded by the credit institution. Thus was born the will to set up a bank of cereals to store the crops in order to have a guarantee to access this credit.
The first poultry project is Somona (20 women beneficiaries) started in September 2016 with the construction of a henhouse, the purchase of 1,000 chicks, accessories and food, vaccines and training. The latter has very appreciable results in terms of poultry quality and acquisition of markets.
Burkina Faso: in activity
Income generated from this project: $74,000 (2016-2017 )
Established in 2002, the Gnogondèmè Yona precooperative group truly took off in 2010 with the support of the Foundation SEMAFO. The Foundation funded the construction of a processing and marketing center of shea products for the women’s group of Gnogondèmè.