For over 30 years, we've been working in Burkina Faso to tackle poverty and discrimination.
Despite significant development progress across the country, Burkina Faso remains in the bottom 10 countries in the world in the UN Human Development Index, with nearly 45% of the population still living below the poverty line. With large regions still dependent on agriculture, many families need their children working in the fields, not in school. A lack of education means that children grow up to be adults who can't access better-paid work.
And they, in turn, will rely on their children to bring in an income.
People with disabilities fare even worse: discrimination means that over 88% have never attended school. This means they're even more likely to lack the skills they need to earn a decent wage and escape poverty.
We work with our partners to break the poverty cycle. We train groups of women and people with disabilities in the skills they need to earn a fair income. We use sport and community engagement to tackle the stigma around disability, so that people with disabilities can get an education and fair work.
Find out how you can support our work in Burkina Faso.
Our Burkina Faso volunteer alumni joined representatives from agencies working all over the country to celebrate International Volunteer Day.
Wheelchair basketball player and small business owner Victorine Guissou is challenging perceptions in her home town of Koudougou.
We work with women across Burkina Faso to turn shea nuts into a route out of poverty.
"With support from International Service, we can get the funds we need to improve people's lives and positively impact our environment."
Our partnerships mean that women like Madame Hélène are able to make a fair living, and build a future free from poverty.
Find out about our partners in Burkina Faso