Build Workshop for Physically Disabled Burkinabes

by Tigoung Nonma Vetted since 2014


In one of the poorest countries in the world, Tigoung Nonma (TN) provides a network of physically disabled artisans that enables them to gain needed skills and to generate their own income. This project will help TN to build an accessible center where it can offer training, make and sell their crafts, and run its catering service. In April 2018, TN purchased a plot of land with a maisonette on it, ready to refurbish.

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TN's location is rented and provides a small office space. It does not give sufficient workspace for members which hampers meeting, production and development. Also, our current location does not meet the needs of wheelchair users and employs a limited amount of old equipment. This prevents the cooperative catering to as many members as needed.Without modern, accessible facilities where the co-operative can compete in a difficult economy, it is hard to see how they will get by independently.


Artisan members specialise in a variety of domains: jewellery and textile design, pottery, bronze, woodwork, leather-work, battiks and art made from recycled materials. TN also operates a catering service that prepares and delivers meals to clients. In order to develop its existing entrepreneurial activities, Tigoung Nonma needs improved equipment and adapted space. Slowly, this will allow more members to gain an income thus giving access to healthcare, better nutrition, education and transport.

Long-Term Impact

Due to issues of accessibility, education and discrimination, people with disabilities have few income earning opportunities in Ouagadougou.This in turn leaves their families vulnerable to social and economic exclusion and too often denies them any social mobility. By helping Tigoung Nonma become self-sufficient through this socially inclusive project you are helping to assure that those living with disabilities can earn income, become more independent and increase their sense of self worth.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).


Tigoung Nonma's facebook page
We thank Friends of Burkina Faso for support
TN products on online craft marketplace Etsy

Organization Information

Tigoung Nonma

Location: Ouagadougou - Burkina Faso
Website: http:/​/​
Facebook: Facebook Page
Twitter: @TigoungNonma
Project Leader:
Zoenabou Savadogo
Director of Tigoung Nonma
Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso

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