Economic Emancipation for 70 Women in Burkina Faso

by Guardavanti: per il futuro dei bambini ONLUS
Economic Emancipation for 70 Women in Burkina Faso
Economic Emancipation for 70 Women in Burkina Faso
Economic Emancipation for 70 Women in Burkina Faso
Economic Emancipation for 70 Women in Burkina Faso
Economic Emancipation for 70 Women in Burkina Faso
Economic Emancipation for 70 Women in Burkina Faso
Economic Emancipation for 70 Women in Burkina Faso
Economic Emancipation for 70 Women in Burkina Faso
Economic Emancipation for 70 Women in Burkina Faso
Economic Emancipation for 70 Women in Burkina Faso
Economic Emancipation for 70 Women in Burkina Faso
Economic Emancipation for 70 Women in Burkina Faso
Economic Emancipation for 70 Women in Burkina Faso
Economic Emancipation for 70 Women in Burkina Faso
Image from video: telling the project importance
Image from video: telling the project importance

When we look back at when we started this fundraising, upon request of the grassroot women group Wend Songda, the world seems another one. So many unpredictable, global disruptions happened, that nothing is the same anymore.

During the pandemic all efforts of donors where focused on the Covid emergency; when the world started breathing again, in Burkina Faso unrests in some parts of the country caused a big internal movement of people: many families that looked for safe places to live, relocated to the village of Dodougou, with the consequence that the well, that we built in 2019, was not sufficient anymore for the needs of all the inhabitants. Wend Songda then asked us to restore an old well in the outskirts of the village, so the fundraising effort was diverted to this small project; thanks to many donors, now the village has enought water for the need of everyone. 

The outbreak of war in Ukraina, had and has as a consequence, the unbeliavable increase of food prices, in particular wheat, rice, maize: nowadays, many families can't afford anymore to buy the very base of their meals, in Burkina Faso.  
So, now more than ever, this project is vital for the very survival of many families in Dodougou: with some little capital to invest in small economic activities, the women (mothers) of the group Wend Songda could raise the small money needed to sustain their children.

Again, very understandably, the efforts of many donors - especially in Europe - are concentrated in the Ukrainian refugees crisis. But we really hope that, even little by little, the funding of this project can reach soon the amount needed to start it.

Please spread the word!

Thanks for your attention and continuous support

Licia

on behalf of all the Wend Songda women and the Guardavanti team

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In January we shared with you the stressing situation in which the Dodougou village found itself.
3 years ago we started a project to dig a well in this village, where lack of water was a vital problem.

The well solved the village's problems for several months. But last fall the situation worsened: many refugee families - especially women and children - came and settled in the village because of the serious unrest in the north of the country.

Due to the urgency of the situation the local group of women "Wend-Songda", beneficiary of this microcredit project, asked us to divert our efforts in fundraising for few months.
In February we began the rehabilitation of an old abandoned well: a hand pump was installed, the cement base built, and the water is now coming out in abundance!

Where a few months ago there was only earth and stones today water gushes.
The support of so many precious donors, has served to bring water, life, joy to the entire village of Dodougou.

Happily, we can now get back to focusing on this Economic Emancipation project that requires a stronger effort. Please, spread the word among family and friends!

Thanks for following us.

Sincerely,
Marco
for
Wend-Songda and the Guardavanti's team

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Pauline and her children at the old borehole site
Pauline and her children at the old borehole site

In our last report, we gave an update about the situation of the village, under stress due to two main reasons: the impact of the Covid waves on the local subsistence econonomy, and the increase of the village's population due to families coming from the north of the country, where unrest and violences ahve been forcing a lot of people to migrate in safer parts of the Country.

In the last months, Dodougou had to face shortage of water: the borehole and the pump that was built 3 years ago thanks to the generosity of many GlobalGiving supporters, despite working perfectly, was not enough for everybody anymore. Due to the higher amount of water needed for the Covid, and the many new families, women and children waited in line at the water pump for hours, some started again the long walks to distant wells and boreholes.
Upon request of the women of the local groop "Wend-Songda", the group that will be the beneficiary of this microcredit project, we "diverted" our efforts in fundraising for few months, to bring back to life an old borehole at the edge of the village, providing a hand pump. The small project was funded (through different fundraising channels, other than GlobalGiving), the money has just been sent; now we can put our efforts on the microcredit again.

The women need the microcredit, to invest a little capital to grow their small activities, to sustain their children and gain a small independence.

We are collecting every cent, keeping the funds bounded until we have enough to start the project.

We thank all our supporter, and keep them updated on any development in the project. Please, spread the word among family and friends!

Thanks for following us.

Licia

Some women of  Wend-Songda with their families
Some women of Wend-Songda with their families

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Women of the Wend-Songda grassroot group
Women of the Wend-Songda grassroot group

The Covid emergency with the subsequent lockdowns had a terrible impact on the economy in Burkina Faso as everywhere in Africa: this is even more true in the area of Dodougou. Closing down the markets led to a stop of the little commerces that kept the families alive; moreover, the unrest and violences in other parts of the country, have been causing a massive internal migration toward the area of Dodougou village, that have been seeing his population increase with desperate families who arrived with nothing.

The women of the local groop "Wend-Songda" need the microcredit more than ever; now that the markets have reopened, they need to invest a little capital to grow sesame and vegetable to bring to the market and sell in the village. 
We are collecting every cent, keeping the funds bounded until we have enough to start the project.

We thank all our supporter, and keep them updated on any development in the project. Please, spread the word among family and friends!

Thanks for following us.

Licia

Meeting at the village of Dodougou
Meeting at the village of Dodougou
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The President of the Wend-Songda Group
The President of the Wend-Songda Group

It is a few months now, that we heard a further need from the local group of women "Wend-Songda": after their request of clean water for the Dodougou village, quickly funded thanks to many GlobalGiving donors, they now have time to pursue little income-generating activities, to emancipate themselves and to help the family escaping from poverty. After the construction of the well, they don't have to spend a lot of their time anymore, to walk long distances to fetch water; now, their problem is that they don't have any money to invest - even very small amounts - in little business (small commerce, little productions). 

The women of the "Wend-Songda" group came up with the idea of a small microcredit project: each of them to receive a small loan and training on how to manage a small business and how to generate/increase their income in time. Upon restitution of the capital, the loan will be renewed, assuring the long term sustainability of the project. A proper training will also allow them to self-manage (as a group) the microcredit after the first year.

In time of global pandemic, understandably, many donations were and are steered  toward Covid-19 related projects.  Donations to this project, at the moment, didn't reach the amount for the project to be started: the nature of the project, in fact, requires that most of the funds are available before beginning it - the amount for the revolving fund (the amount of money to be distributed to the women) and the training costs need to be covered. 

The women of "Wend-Songda" are still waiting, ready to start as soon as enough funds are collected to start. Now is the raining season, so they can have some small agricultural activities; but in few months, they will be once again with no resources to earn the little needed for them and their children. We hope to be ready before the dry season starts, to give hope to the 70 women of "Wend-Songda", their children and their families!

Thanks to all who already donated for the project and the ones who will donate; please, spread the word among family and friends!

Thanks for following us.

Licia

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Guardavanti: per il futuro dei bambini ONLUS

Location: Villanterio, Pavia Province - Italy
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Project Leader:
Licia Allara Canepa
Villanterio, Pavia Province Italy
$1,350 raised of $20,000 goal
 
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$18,650 to go
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