Aug 14, 2018

Summer Update

Permis urbain d’habité

The co-operative is still waiting for the Urban Housing Permit to come through. This is a legal document regarding the plot of land they purchased. I understand from Zoénabou that although this is a formality, unfortunately it is a lengthy process.

Visits

TN was visited by the Chief Executive of International Service in May and Zoénabou was awarded a Certificate of Recognition for all of the work she has put into Tigoung Nonma. Zoénabou has been defending the socio-economic rights of TN’s members since 2005 and has helped relieve the poverty of many people despite the extremely challenging conditions and economic circumstances that they face.

TN was also visited by a member of Friends of Burkina Faso, our partner NGO based in Ougadougou, who was able to visit the plot with Zoénabou and possibly other members of the co-operative. Zoénabou said that FBF’s representative was very happy with the new headquarters and was impressed with TN’s work.

Fundraising

We are finally organising another fundraiser in the UK. This will take place on the 17th November and the evening will include a meal, music, a raffle and a bar. We have been busy getting together raffle prizes and local businesses have been really kind; as a result of this, we have some really good prizes already. Two fantastic local singers will be performing and I hope to sell some TN crafts at the event. I am really looking forward to the evening and can only hope that it is as successful as the last event in 2016.

May 16, 2018

TN Land Purchase

Members at the plot holding letters of thanks
Members at the plot holding letters of thanks

1. Introduction

Since TN’s creation, the organisation has registered over 80 members; however, today many are inactive.

In 2014, TN sent a project proposal to NGO Friends of Burkina Faso for the purchase of a plot of land and the construction of a ‘maisonnette’. The idea is to create a working space which will be wheelchair friendly for members)

The project proposal which TN sent was approved by Friends of Burkina Faso who enabled the co-operative to have a space on the fundraising website GlobalGiving.

From December 2014 until May 2018 we have received money via GlobalGiving from many generous donors, including members of Friends of Burkina Faso.

Our co-operative met with the Burkinabé State in order to make them better aware of our organisation and to inform them of the project.

A promise of support was made to us by the State through the Town Council of the 11th district  of Ouagadougou; however, since then, unfortunately nothing has moved forward regarding this commitment. Nevertheless, finally, with the amount received from individual donors, TN has been able to purchase a plot of land and we have now taken steps to obtain the final necessary document (the Permis Urbain d’Habité).

2. The number of members of TN:

2.1 Members: overall, TN has registered 84 members: 52 women and 32 men.

2.2 Deceased members: sadly, TN has lost 3 members

2.3 Active members: today, TN has 35 active members. The socio-political situation and the dire economy plus repeated terrorist attacks mean there is a lack of tourists. Consequently the sales are low meaning that regrettably, some members are no longer active.

3. Amount left in out bank account:

Since purchasing the land we have about £4,784.25 in our bank account of which about £3,764.38 is the money left from GlobalGiving donations. We plan to use some of this to finalise all of the documentaion regarding taxes until we obtain the PUH; the rest, with your permission, we will use for building work in this land plot.

4. Since the end of 2017 we have been looking for a plot of land to purchase and at last, at the end of April 2018, we finally realised a part of our dream: the purchase of a plot of land with a maisonnette on it. This has a lounge and a bedroom, an external kitchen without a door and toilets with an external shower. The west wall of the plot is too low.

We had several propositions to choose from in different locations however, our final choice is shown in the photos, taken when we visited the plot with several members from the co-operative.

While we wait for the final document ( PUH) the tax service has given us a procurement letter which will allow us to carry out all of the remaining necessary actions of the said plot for the benefit of Tigoung Nonma. They have also provided us with a legal certificate which states that the property purchase has been completed.

4.1 The bills to pay in the new plot

For the moment we will not be paying water and electricity as we have not yet moved, and there is no water or electricity installed. However, we will need water and electricity before moving. The plot is situated in the north of Ouagadougou in sector 35, in a neighbourhood called Nonghin. It is not far from the road.

4.2 Visit to the plot with members:

We expressed our joy through letters of thanks to all those who have contributed to the attainment of this objective which you will see in the photos :)

5. Our perspectives/hopes:

  • We view the land purchase as a success for TN since our outgoings will decrease as we will no longer have to pay rent
  • We hope to continue to receive support from donors in order to construct workspaces and renovate the kitchen and toilets
  • We hope to buy a door for the plot and one for the kitchen.
  • We would like to convert the shed in the middle of the plot
  • We plan to transform the main building through opening a door facing the road to set up our exhibition space and cereal sale area
  • We plan to continue to make and sell food. This will be in the courtyard and through orders through the catering service.
  • We intend to motivate members by supporting them with micro credit schemes without interest.

6. Rotary District Conference, Cheltenham.

At the end of March we participated in the Rotary District Conference in Cheltenham where TN crafts were sold and awareness was raised regarding this project. This was possible thanks to the support of the Rotary Club of Crowthorne and Sandhurst, where Alice is a member. We sold £110 worth of products and all of the money from this was sent back to the craftsmen and women of TN via Western Union. We hope to increase craft sales in the UK this year as every item sold makes an impact on members' lives. 

Final note from Alice:

I can say that I feel so lucky to be part of Tigoung Nonma's long-standing project and I hope that you, as donors, feel this too. So many people involved are over the moon with this result and this would not have been possible without the support of our loyal donors, fundraisers and the platform of Globalgiving. When I was in Burkina Faso I saw poverty firsthand and through this project we are helping to even out the balance in the world. There is so much potential here to create a modern, dignified workspace that this co-operative deserves, who have been working tirelessly since 2005 to fight their own poverty. We are eternally grateful to have your support. Thank you.

 

 

 

 



At the door of the maisonette :)
At the door of the maisonette :)
Thank you all donors!
Thank you all donors!
Craft sales at Rotary District Conference
Craft sales at Rotary District Conference
Procurement letter
Procurement letter
Thank you International Service!
Thank you International Service!
Notarial certificate
Notarial certificate
Thank you FBF!
Thank you FBF!
Thank you Globalgiving!
Thank you Globalgiving!
Thank you volunteers!
Thank you volunteers!
Thank you Team Leaders!
Thank you Team Leaders!
At the door of the maisonette 2 :)
At the door of the maisonette 2 :)
Some members in front of the maisonette
Some members in front of the maisonette

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Feb 14, 2018

Sales, plots and an accident

Christmas Church Advent Fair
Christmas Church Advent Fair

Moped Accident

Sadly,  last week Zoénabou Savadogo, the co-operative's co-ordinator (she is the linchpin of Tigoung Nonma) suffered an accident on her moped. The wind blew her veil into the chain of the moped and her moped flipped over onto the tarmac. She suffered a blow to her hip, neck and leg. Zoénabou has been x rayed and luckily nothing is broken but the injury is painful and she is still suffering from the shock.

Land Plots

The co-operative had been looking for plots of land for the Build a Workshop project but have had to stop for the moment. They have had various offers of land at several different locations at different prices. When Zoénabou’s health improves the committee will go to see the plots to choose one and purchase it.

Sales and Fundraising

In terms of sales in the UK, we set up two sales of the artisans’ products at Rotary District meetings and one sale at my church’s advent fair prior to Christmas. In addition to this, I was given the opportunity to speak at the Rotary District Council meeting in November about the project. There were about 50 club representatives at this meeting; I believe we raised some money for the project from this and importantly, awareness has been raised about the project for the future.

Once a plot of land has been purchased, which is something tangible for donors to see, we will be able to really start fundraising again. The first idea for this is to organise another event in the summer;  a coffee and cake morning is also planned.

There are still many fundraising opportunities- for example I have organised a meeting with the Head of Engagement at Humanitarian Charity Medair to brainstorm for the project. He has a lot of experience in fundraising so I’m hoping he will be able to help.

Thank you all for your support.

 
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