The current situation in Burkina Faso is worrisome. The worsening of the Covid19 pandemic, failing health facilities and the need for quarantine measures are suffocating local communities, especially women, who are busy in the fields working and harvesting agricultural products for their livelihood and trade. In Burkina Faso, women do the heavy lifting: under the sun, back bent working in the fields and plantations.
In spite of infant mortality, education reserved only for men and their sons, but also famine, drought and desertification, women in Burkina Faso represent the pillar of rural communities as they constitute the vast majority of the workforce.
With the aim of giving life to a process of women’s empowerment able to support the local community to make it self-sufficient, we are working on a project of social reforestation that allows you to adopt species that are essential for the subsistence of the villages: Baobab, Shea, Moringa, Neré are all species that, in addition to contributing to desertification, contribute to the training of Burkinabe women with respect to the care and processing of the fruits of these trees into finished products, both for food and cosmetics.
These trees will be planted and managed by the Garango Women’s Union and the resulting products will be marketed in the local market and in the capital, Ouagadogou. We are carrying out this project together with an Italian NGO from Padua (AES-CCC) as part of a project funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation: our goal is also to obtain an organic certification that, also improving the packaging, could find sales and distribution channels in Europe, especially for products related to cosmetics such as shea butter, baobab oil and moringa oil.
By choosing one of our trees you will be helping not only nature but also local populations. Adopt the tree of your choice and we’ll take care of it by teaching the women of Burkina Faso how to turn their products into a source of livelihood for the entire village. From Shea butter to Moringa flour, each of our trees has a story to tell and many lives to save.
To date, 2,200 trees have been planted – there is still much work to be done.
The next installation is scheduled for June 2021.
PROJECT: Burkina Project