We have worked with a variety of organisations to enable local people in developing communities to make a living. There can be a wide range of barriers to finding work, starting a business or accessing markets, so we work with the people who understand the complexity of each problem in order to develop the appropriate solutions. Below is a spotlight on two of the organisations we've worked with in Ougadougou in Burkina Faso to promote enterprise and enable people to change their futures.

 

Tigoung Nonma

Tigoung Nonma brings together disabled artisans using their crafts to support themselves and their families. Members receive 80% of the profits from their carpentry, leatherwork, pottery and dress-making projects.

Open to men and women, Tigoung Nonma enables each individual maker to access new markets, while also raising the profile of people with disabilities. Our volunteers worked with Tigoung Nonma members to reach an international market.

As well as establishing and managing Tigoung Nonma’s website, our volunteers have partnered with local businesses to display members’ work, and have designed marketing materials that give Tigoung more visibility in the local area.

Djénéba Dao, a dress-maker with over 20 years’ experience, has been a member of Tigoung Nonma since it was founded in 2005. She explains:

“I’m passionate about dress-making, but it also means I can earn a living. It’s still difficult, partly because of my disability, but also partly because our customers were often tourists. With Tigoung Nonma, I have another channel to sell my product, which makes it easier for me to keep my business going.”

 

Djigui Espoir

Djigui (pronounced ‘jiggy’) Espoir is a co-operative of disabled women based in Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso. In 1995, Marie Dominque Toé – born with a disability herself – founded an organisation to enable women with disabilities to escape poverty by earning an independent living. 

Today, Djigui focuses largely on food production. Working together, the women of Djigui produce soya milk, tofu, and cereals, using equipment and processes that are adapted to their needs. And by selling as a collective, they’re able to make a consistent profit throughout the year.

Our volunteers sourced the funding that has enabled Djigui to open a kiosk selling hot food, and provided the training that means members can calculate their profits. They’ve also launched a microcredit scheme, which enables members to start their own businesses.

As well as benefitting its members, Djigui benefits the society around it. Every time members of Djigui sell a ‘plat de semaine’ from their kiosk, or supply local businesses with products, they’re challenging first-hand the misconceptions about people with disabilities, and the role of women in society.