Between October 2022 and January 2023, despite the on-going perilous security situation and the high cost of living in Burkina Faso, our cooperative has managed to continue to function in order to preserve its existence.
Concerned for the difficult circumstances of some members, there has been a meeting with some of our partners to see to what extent these members could be supported to enable them to carry out different craft activities.
The usual meetings have taken place : Committee meetings, the EXECUTVE BUREAU meeting and the General Meeting. Some members have taken part in sessions and workshops organised by our partners. We also participated in the International Day for Persons with Disability (JIPH) organised by the Ministry of Solidarity, Humanitarian Action, National Reconciliation, Gender and Family, which is our supervisory ministry.
The funding received from the donations made on GlobalGiving and from an ex-volunteer to support the 48 members who had been identified as needing urgent support over Christmas was in fact used to support 52 members in extreme need. TN organised an awareness-raising day on Peace, Social Cohesion and Citizenship ; this included a presentation of wishes and donations to members.
Some TN members suffer with chronic illnesses plus mental health problems and we are therefore reflecting on how we can best provide support for those living with both physical and mental disabilities.
II.1 Meetings and Gatherings
* To increase the Minister’s knowledge and understanding of TN
* To learn more about the CMABF and what it does
* To seek their advice
* To benefit from their actions, especially regarding market and order research for our members
II.2 PROFESSIONAL SUPPORT/TRAINING
Following discussion with a representative from the CABES/Gie (Business and Crafts for Social and Economic Well-being) about the difficulties facing some TN members regarding their financial autonomy, 20 places were offered to these members for them to add to their skills.
Of the 20 places, 14 members were from the SCOOP/TN ??, and they were working with members from other cotton-spinning groups.
After the training, the partner donated the following cotton-spinning equipment :
For every 1kg of cotton, the partner pays 2000 F CFA and collects the cotton thread.
TN members with their certificates in cotton-spinning with a spinning wheel. 14 members of the SCOOPS/TN participated in this training from 11-15th October 2022.
II. 3 Fund-generating activities
II. 3.1 Sales and craft orders
Sales in the shop
Participation in the Christmas Market organised by the Ouagadougou International School
II. 3.2 Catering Service orders
There were 9 catering orders during this period
An ex-Team TN Leader, Hannah (June 2013-April 2014 ), visited us on 19/1//22 and donated 120 000 CFA cash to TN. There was a meeting attended by Hannah where this gift was shared between the members who attended.
Harriet, an ex-volunteer (2012) kindly made a donation via bank transfer to support vulnerable TN members over Christmas. See photo below.
II.3.4 Hiring out of equipment.
During Activity Week, TN hired out chairs and tables.
II. 3.5 The TN project on GlobalGiving
TN mounted a project on GlobalGiving to support 48 vulnerable members so that they could celebrate Christmas.
The project was approved and received funds for this.
TN received two sums of money, comprising :
AMOUNT IN FCFA
Payment received from activities at the TN centre.
Payment received from the activities at the centre and for members at Christmas.
Total amount received
The bank receipts for the two GlobalGiving payments
II. 3.4 Seeking new partners
An artisan partnership is currently being established with a Canadian organisation. This will be finalised in 2023 and a development plan will be agreed.
II. 4 Organisation of a meeting for discussion and awareness-raising, the presentation of wishes and the presenting of donations to members
12 January 2022, TN organised this day for the promotion of peace, social cohesion and citizenship and resilience in the face of the ever-present threat of terrorism.
Breakdown of the cost of setting up and running this activity :
AMOUNT RECEIVED IN F CFA
Ex volontaire donation (Harriet)
Contribution from TN
AMOUNT SPENT IN F CFA
Purchase of phone credits to call members
Purchase of 52x25kg bags of rice
Travel costs of members
Provision of a meal (rice with vegetables, 1 piece of fish, 1 mineral water and 1 juice per person)
BALANCE 160 ,94 F CFA
Five experts and members of TN participated in this activity :
ü A representative for the Permanent Secretary of the Cross-Sector Committee for the Promotion of the Rights of Persons Living with a Disability from the Ministry of National Solidarity & Humanitarian Action.
ü Four representatives from the National Federation of Skilled Artisans from the Central Region (FEREAC) : their president and three further members.
ü 53 TN members
After the awareness-raising session, a meal as already described, was offered to everyone at the meeting.
1 x 25kg sack of rice plus 1500 F CFA were gifted to every member.
II.4 Results achieved
II.5 Difficulties encountered
ü 3 days for the display and sale of our products
ü Catering during the event
ü Awareness-raising about the rights of disabled people and how to deal with the problems of security and the cost of living in Burkina Faso
ü Donations to vulnerable people, including internally displaced people who have disabilities.
II.6 Conclusion :
Members of l’Association TN and SCOOPS/TN remain strong in the face of the difficulties across Burkina Faso. We thank all those who have made donations ; this has enabled us to give support to and raise awareness among our members.
We thank, as always, all of our partners and our customers/clients who support us, and who care about our well-being.
Wishing everyone a very happy 2023.
La Présidente de l’Association TIGOUNG NONMA
From January until September 2022, the security situation and the cost of living crisis has worsened. This has had a significant, negative impact on the population in general and in particular on people living with a disability. The consequences of all of these pains/evils has meant that production and sales of our Art and Craft pieces has been very poor.
Despite all of these pains/evils Tigoung Nonma was able to carry out some activities such as:
Committee meetings, executive board meetings, General assembly, organising awareness raising, participating at meetings, mobilizing funding, professional development of members, obtaining a new official title which is “ Société Coopérative simplifiée Tigoung Nonma” shortened to SCOOPS / TN. But certain legal documents are still in process.
II.1 Committee and other meetings
TN’s committee and executive bureau held meetings to establish TN’s activities and participated in meetings with partners.
Following an order from the National federation of craftsmen and women of Burkina Faso (FENABF) TN sent across a list of 60 female members to participate in training in knitting with a machine. This activity comes under economic independence of women. This training should take place in October 2022.
Through coordinator and president Zoénabou, TN was a co-trainer, training 25 members of an organization called NONG-TAABA of people living with a visual disability, in a village called TAMSE in the region of Bazèga. The training was about working within associations and their administrative management. The training took place over 5 days. During the training the coordinatrice shared her experience of life in an association with the participants.
CABES provided 10.10kg of cotton for spinning by hand. The coordinatrice and president of the cooperative guided the ladies whilst they were learning this new technique. Many women are interested but are not able to spin 1kg in 2 days.
A training on the use of the machine Rouet for spinning is planned and programmed from the 3rd to the 5th October for the benefit of 15 female members 5 of whom are not disabled.
II.3 Mobilisation of funds
II.3.1 TN received 07 orders of the following pieces:
Soft toys, cotton spun lampshades, bags and baskets, pyrography, face masks, a woven top made of African fabric, a ladies leather handbag, a ladies purse and knitted gloves hats and scarves sets.
II.3.2 Catering Service
During this period TN benefited from a total of 2 catering service orders; coffee mornings, lunches and cocktail events of which 7 invoices have not yet been paid.
II.3.3 Tigoung Nonma on GlobalGiving
During this period TN hadn’t sent reports to the site. TN also did not receive any funds from GlobalGiving.
II.3.3.2 The new headquarters of TN
No further renovations have taken place in the new headquarters.
Our priority for the headquarters is to construct workshops, install electricity in the buildings and workshops.
II.3.4 Looking for partnerships
In order to find solutions and partnerships, TN contacted a Burkinabé student living in Taiwan. After some exchanges on social media and sending photos of our work to the student, his teacher and the student came to visit in July to meet Zoénabou, as part of a humanitarian programme. It was their first research trip on the ground in Burkina Faso in Africa. This visit included exchanges about life within the Tigoung Nonma association, exchanges with members and the objective of their visit.
II.3.5 Information and awareness raising meeting with members
TN’s executive office organised a general assembly on the 29/09/2022 but many were not able to travel to the meeting for different reasons. Around 20 members were not able to attend.
During the meeting, the following points were discussed:
During these exchanges Zoénabou asked members to think of a collective activity that the co-operative could carry out together. The following was decided:
- Exhibit and sale of products
- Catering service
- Awareness raising on problems faced by disabled people and factors like security problems and cost of living in Burkina Faso
- Research and welcome different sources of donations to support our members and internally displaced people.
II.4 Goals reached
Among the orders received for craft work, TN was able to contribute to the financial autonomy of 20 members ; and of those received for the catering TN contributed to the financial autonomy of 24 members. Overall these activities allowed the cooperative to pay for certain overheads like: administrative documentation, electricity, water, communications, petrol for shopping.
Awareness raising was carried out with 20 members of the co-operative on the rights of people living with a disability.
Training was given to 25 members of the association SONG – TAABA in the village of TAMSE.
TN received its new official title: Société Cooperative Simplified to Tigoung Nonma abbreviated to “ SCOOPS/TN”.
II.5 Difficulties faced
Worsening threat on security, cost of living crisis and poor sales of our products are impacting negatively on the activities of the association TN and of SCOOPS/TN.
Difficulty of meeting with all members.
No reports being submitted to GlobalGiving for the indicated period.
TN has not received any money from GlobalGiving during this time.
No large orders for craft pieces.
Slow administrative process for new commercial status.
TN has 4 unpaid invoices for our catering service. This is because we do not yet have the above forementioned documents.
TN is still in the rented location which is negatively impacting on its resources.
Insufficient funding to complete the construction in our new headquarters.
Firstly we would like to present our apologies for not having transmitted reports during the indicated timeframe.
Here we present the global activities that TN was able to carry out. We would like to thank our partners and our clients who are working with us for the wellbeing of the cooperative.
Despite the difficult security situation in Burkina Faso, the cost of living and poverty, the leading members of the co-operative and certain members remain resilient. We still remain determined for the survival of our organization TIGOUNG NONMA (STRENGTH THROUGH UNITY) and our Co-operative society “SCOOPS/TN.”
From April 2021 to December 2021 TN was able to carry out certain activities such as:
Holding committee meetings, holding executive committee meetings, participating in meetings with our various partners, facilitating members’ professional development, meeting with local partners, obtaining contract of sale from the state by Tigoung Nonma for its’ business organization.
The committee and the executive committee held meetings as part of TNs activities.
We participated in reunions with partners such as La Federation des Artisans de la Région du Centre (FEREAC) ; Le Ministère de la Femme de la Famille de la solidarité Nationale, Le Ministère de la Famille et de l’Action Humanitaire.
Certain members of TN’s executive committee attended a meeting with several members of the FEREAC. This meeting had as its objective to better understand TN as an organization and how the Federation will be able to guide or support us
3. Mobilisation of funds
TN has had no new members since at least April.
10 members paid for their annual membership.
4. Sales and Craft Orders
TN benefitted from Crafts orders from the following organisations:
CABES/GIE, Minstere de la Femme, de la Famille et de l’Action Humanitaire, du l’Humanité & l’inclusion et de LAFI Burkina. A Large order of children’s toys was processed for Humanity and Inclusion..
5. Catering Service Orders
Orders received from the Ministere de la Femme, de La Famille, de l’Action Humanitaire, l’union Nationale pour la promotion des Assoiations de Femmes Handicapées du Burkina, from individuals too.
20 of TNs members benefitted from having business cards made for them. This was facilitated thanks to TNs partnership with CABES/GIE
6 of TNs members benefitted from training in making new products, using offcuts of Danfani Pagne. This training was realized with CABES/GIE.
We had planned a project on Craft work and raising awareness on the rights of those living with disabilities which was to go ahead on the International Day of Awareness for those living with disabilities (03 December 2021). However, insecurity in Burkina and terrorist killings had a negative impact so we have rescheduled for 2022.
7. Difficulties faced
The biggest difficulties are:
The growing invasion of terrorists in Burkina Faso
Killings and atrocities in different neighbourhoods in Ouagadougou sowing the seeds of fear in our members impacting on TNs activities.
Difficulty in meeting with all members of TN
Poor sales in TNs boutiques
Poor mobilisation of resources on GlobalGiving
Insufficent funding to finish constructions in the new headquarters
TN continues to rent its headquarters which is having a negative impact on our resources.
With the different orders received, we have been able to contribute to the financial autonomy of 26 members.
The determination of certain members, the solidarity of members surrounding TNs management.
Despite the volatile security situation, the global Pandemic and other evils, in Burkina Faso, we, the committee members and other members of the co-operative remain determined to obtain our objectives.
* For all of the photos sent with this project report from Zoénabou and the team at TN, please see the attachments as not all photos could be uploaded to the main report.
From the end of December 2020 until March 2021, TN was able to carry out the following activities:
Hold committee meetings, participate in meetings with partners, raise funding, contribute to the professional development of members, carry out construction and organisation of the new headquarters, carry out activities related to the COVID-19 pandemic to the members’ benefit.
TN’s committee met 3 times to plan its activities and submit them to the executive bureau for editing. These activities are, among others:
TN registered a new member who paid their subscription which was a total sum of 2500 F CFA/ $4.54
II.2.2 Sales and Craft orders
TN registered a total sum of 126472 F CFA/ $229.52 from the sale of 5 members’ works. Of this sale, 20% goes into the running of Tigoung Nonma to support the co-operative’s operating costs and 80% goes to the craftsperson concerned.
II.2.3 Catering Service Orders
TN had 10 Catering Service orders from the NGO Humanity and Inclusion coming to a total amount of 1 498 200 F CFA / $ 2718.91. (various purchases for the Catering Service and remuneration of 9 beneficiaries). Total expenditure was 1 275 000 F CFA/ $ 2,313.85and a profit of 223 200 F CFA/ $405 which will go towards operating costs.
II.3 Activities in our own headquarters.
II.4 Professional Development
20 of TN’s members had professional business cards made. This activity was able to take place thanks to the partnership with CABES/GIE.
II.5 Activities carried out as part the COVID 19 micro project, funded by the donors on GlobalGiving in 2020
II.5.1 TN’s committee organized the following activities:
II.5.2 Aid given to 55 members and assistants: protection kits and food packages.
II.5.3 Distribution of food packages and COVID-19 protection kits:
On the 15th February 2021, TN distributed to 55 members:
II.6 Project Proposal
In December 2020, TN submitted a project proposal on the Reproductive Health of Women Living with a Physical Disability, from TN, to Friends of Burkina Faso. (FBF)
Following the observations of FBF, the project has been revised to take into consideration some points raised by the American NGO. This was resubmitted to FBF in March 2020.
IV Positive Outcomes
Despite the difficulties that Burkina Faso faces, and in particular TN, those in charge and TN’s members remain determined to work towards a better future for all of the members.
We thank all of those who have contributed to the well-being of TN’s members.
From 18 March until 2 May 2020, Tigoung Nonma was closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic in Burkina Faso.
Worried for the future of its members, and the need to support them during this difficult period, TN sent COVID-19 projects to the UK charity LAFI Burkina and the organisations Friends of Burkina Faso and GlobalGiving.
Thanks to the goodwill of many, and to several activities led by TN, after the lockdown period and together with several of its partners, TN made a significant contribution to the improvement of food supplies and to the fight against COVID-19 among its members. TN received funding from Friends of Burkina Faso in relation to the prize it was awarded: the ‘Friends of Burkina Faso Award for Peace 2019’.
TN received funding from donors on GlobalGiving which has not yet been spent.
TN has been through a difficult time faced with the loss of two of its members.
Mobilisation of Internal Funds
Total amount received from Friends of Burkina Faso: $2000. This represents the donation given for the FBF Award for Peace 2019/2020.
Total amount received from LAFI Burkina : $1,302.51 and $410.87. This was for the fight against COVID 19 and the food crisis members are experiencing.
Amounts received from GlobalGiving:
Total amount received from GlobalGiving: $5,546.86
A total of 20 members had their photos taken for their professional artisan business cards. This service was offered by CABES.
Discussion on Inclusive Education
On 20 October 2020, TN held a discussion on inclusive education with TN’s members and the parents of pupils. This initiative was funded by Humanité et Inclusion who paid TN approximately $179.53.
The discussion was led by two TN members, Léonie and Issouf, who had themselves participated in a training workshop on inclusive education. The aim of the workshop was to raise awareness among parents and TN members of the vital need to advocate for the inclusion of disabled children within the education system. Those involved were helped to realise the importance of an inclusive education to enable young people living with a disability to thrive within society.
25 people joined this session.
The following organisations supported TN during the pandemic:
On 9 April 2020 TN received a pharmacy package from CABES with 10 masks, 1 container of disinfectant, a bundle of medication and a red cross bag.
ii. Seed for Hope
On 18 April TN received 2 containers of handwash, a container of disinfectant and 10 facemasks. This gesture meant that TN was able to support 15 of TN’s most vulnerable members.
iii. FENABF (Fédération Nationale des Artisans du Burkina Faso)
iv. ABIPA/CBM (Association Burkinabé pour Inclusion des Personnes Albinos)
Together, these donations were used to support the 12 members who came to have their professional artisan business cards made.
v. Aid & Save
vi. LAFI Burkina : (2nd lot of funding)
TN received approximately $414.21 from LAFI which permitted:
TN served food to members on the occasion of giving of these packages to members.
Indirect beneficiaries of the project
TN plans to:
We would like to give our sincere apologies for the delay in sending this report which was for reasons outside of our control.
Despite the difficult conditions across Burkina Faso and at TN (concerns for security and the Coronavirus pandemic) we remain determined to help our members to improve their lives and their socio-economic situation. To achieve this, we ask our members not to drop their guard at all as Covid-19 remains a serious threat; they must not become discouraged as they work for their daily bread.
We would like to thank all our partners, our donors on GobalGiving, our customers and, in particular, our ex-voluntary Team Leader, Alice McGonnell, and the members of Friends of Burkina Faso who continue to support us.
(All currency is an approximate conversion into US dollars from CFA).
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