Disability and poverty are closely linked. According to the International Labour Organisation (ILO), about 80% of people with disabilities are of working age, but unemployment rates among people with disabilities are “very high.” Many people with disabilities are kept out of education, either consciously or by circumstance. This leaves them unable to get a job and earn a fair living.

That’s why so many people with disabilities in Burkina Faso start their own businesses, often as small-scale producers and artisans.

But for women with disabilities, there’s a double bind.

Women with disabilities don’t just face the stigma and lack of opportunities their male counterparts do; they also have to contend with gender discrimination that sees women as incapable, and relegates them to the household. That’s why women with disabilities are only half as likely as men to hold a job.

We’ve worked with two disabled co-operatives to create more opportunities for women with disabilities to earn a fair living, support their families, and gain the respect of their communities. Read more about Tigoung Nonma and Djigui Espoir.