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.

Nov 17, 2017

Update from TN

Loss of TN member, Aminata Ouédraogo:

TN sadly lost one of its members, Aminata Ouédraogo, on Sunday 5th November following an illness. She specialised in crocheting recycled materials. The co-operative’s members are grieving this loss.


TN appealed to several ministries and NGOs with a view to find new public and private markets. We appealed to: CBM, OXFAM, SP/COMUD/HANDICAP and the Ministry for Women and National Solidarity for the Family.

We wrote to the General Director of Town planning, presenting them with a dossier which included our promotional documents. As such, we are still hoping to obtain a subsidised plot of land at a low cost.

We have requested a meeting with the Town Council of the 11th District to discuss our appeal for a plot of land with the Mayor.
Currently, we await the results of these appeals.

Craft sales:

We received an order from UK Charity LAFI Burkina for approximately £1,050 worth of TN products. 80% of money from sales (£840) was divided between 17 craftsmen and women. The remaining 20% (£210) is being used to support TN’s operations.

We also received an order from Friends of Burkina Faso for their Peace Statue 2017. This cost them £170 of which £137 is for the craftsman and £34 for TN.

Catering Service:

We have had nine catering orders which brought in £2,577.90 of which the expenditure was £1,690.65, leaving a total of approximately £887 profit

Cereal Sales :

We sold in total £283 worth of cereal of which the expenditure was £213.87 leaving a total profit of about £70.

Unfortunately we suffered a big loss of corn- 11 sacs were ruined.

Equipment Hire:

We made £61 profit on equipment hire (tents and chairs).

The result of these sales allowed us to pay some members and contributed towards the running of TN: electricity, rent, Internet, water etc.


The members of the Executive Committee and the Project Committee held several meetings in order to plan the above-mentioned activities and to consider the results.


£700 was raised through a car boot sale and a sponsored run in September for the Workshop fund. Alice will be talking at a Rotary District meeting on Wednesday in the hope of raising further funding.

Conclusion :

Despite the difficult socio-economic situation in Burkina Faso, TN continues to fight relentlessly to contribute positively to the improvement of living conditions for its members, as well as for the sustainability of its structure.

Aug 17, 2017

Fundraising and sales activities from the UK

Happy Anniversary!
Happy Anniversary!


Rotary Club of Crowthorne and Sandhurst

On the 18th July I delivered a presentation about the construction project to the Rotary Club of Crowthorne and Sandhurst. It seemed to be well received and the Club was able to make a generous donation of £100. I am on the International Service Committee of this Club and am trying to promote a micro-finance project for some of TN’s members. I need to get back to them with concrete figures if anything is to be approved.

Rotary District Council

I have been in touch with members of the Rotary District Council including the District Governor and the Grants Chair who were both able to give some very helpful advice. A suggestion has been made that I present at the next quarterly District Council Meeting where over 30 clubs attend. Should this be possible, there is a potential for other clubs to make donations.

Parallel 10k

Four volunteers including myself are running a disability inclusive 10k race on the 3rd September to raise funds. We are doing this alongside UK charity LAFI (Lasting Action for Inclusion) Burkina. It should be a great day! So far we have raised about £300 thanks largely to the kindness of previous donors- thank you!

Car Boot sales

Another volunteer and I will be doing a car boot sale at the weekend in order to raise funding. Hopefully it will go well! If it does we will do another one the weekend after.

Art Sales

Since July I have raised about £250 from art commissions. I know that this doesn’t seem like much but every little helps and what makes me happy is that all of this money is going to TN.

Global Grant

Myself and hopefully other members from the Rotary Club of Crowthorne and Sandhurst will be attending Grant Workshops in November. I have explored the possibility of applying for a Global Grant through the Rotary Club of Crowthorne and Sandhurst. From what I understand the whole club has to be on board and this year the President has chosen to focus on a small project, possibly helping to provide resources for a nursery school in Zimbabwe - a very important cause. However, the club seems keen to help to promote TN’s art and craft works within Rotary and potentially support the construction project in future years.

Awareness Raising

Gallery of African Art Mayfair

I wrote to the Gallery of African Art in Mayfair and sent them images of Issouf's bronzework. I then visited the gallery and spoke to the owner. I explained that the beautiful work TN creates is made in the toughest of conditions by some amazingly resilient artists. This to me could be an example of 'provenance' which determines the worth of artwork. For those reasons I hope for it to sell as art work and not merely relegated to the domain of African crafts in the future. While the gallery owner didn't want to purchase anything she gave some good advice: to participate in more art fairs/ markets and told me to continue sending images relevant work.


I participated in an Art Fair in June where I was able to exhibit and sell TN’s work. £55 was made on TN sales which was fantastic. Awareness was also raised locally about the project. More recently £43 worth of sales were made at my local Rotary Club and at a Global Giving gathering I sold £35 worth of jewellery. All of this money goes back to TN via Western Union where 80% of revenue goes to the maker and 20% goes back into the co-operative. A few sales have also been made online.

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