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2008.04.22

* Enterprising women’s association works to support families and community
* 시간: 2분 45초
* 21 Mar 2008


These women in Burkina Faso are doing more than collecting trash – they're reclaiming their independence. They are part of an association of women, many of whom were left by their husbands for younger wives, or women whose husbands died and left them without the means to provide for themselves and their children. The women's association owns the carts and makes its money going house to house. The association was started by Kabore Ouedraogo after her husband died.

SOUNDBITE (French), Kabore Ouedraogo, President of ASSOCIATION RIMTEREB SOM.
"I lost my husband 19 years ago. After he died, I was facing a difficult situation and I realized that there are women who were more vulnerable than I was, so I decided to join forces with these women, so that together we should become one, to think of probable solutions to the issues. We started with 17 women, now the association comprises around 403 women, and the number is still growing day by day."

In addition to collecting trash, the women make soap. They use local materials and boil the soap in huge vats heated over a wood-fuled fire. They make other cosmetics, as well. The money they earn, along with the money from collecting trash, pays for school fees for their children, as well as local children who've been orphaned.

Two years ago, UNICEF provided start-up funds, and now offers technical assistance and counseling. The UNICEF representative in Burkina Faso has been amazed with the results.

"Through those investments, there is really an improvement of the living conditions of the family. They are investing in education of the children, investing in improving the nutrition of the children. They are also investing in improving the living conditions of the families."

A remarkable group of women who found themselves alone in difficult circumstances. When they came together, they found a purpose, and a way to help themselves, and their community.

This is Thomas Nybo reporting for UNICEF Television in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso. Unite for children.

 

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