Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in West Africa, with an area of 274,000 km² it accounts about 16 million inhabitants. Burkina is among the 15 poorest countries in the world. It ranks 183rd on the 186 countries of the human development index of the United Nations and it is estimated that 45% of its population lives below the poverty line. With few natural resources and a deteriorating environment, it also undergoes the vagaries of the Sahelian climate. Despite the fact that results in agriculture and the service sector improved significantly, people's living conditions, the fight against poverty and social needs are limited. Burkinabe women bear 90% of domestic chores and ¾ their time is dedicated to agricultural activities, thus contributing largely to food production. The presence of women at all levels of national life is not mirrored by an equal ownership of access to productive assets, resources or jobs.
The situation of Burkinabe women thus remains precarious and the high authorities of the country are aware of this.
When we saw the water bags polluting the landscape we decided to act.
Only in the city of Ouahigouya there are now at least ten illegal dumps, mainly or water bags, which are growing every day. Plastic trash is a real plague in Burkina Faso. It impacts the environment by polluting land and landscapes, damaging agriculture and livestock.
A real system for waste management, neither for collecting nor recycling, does not exist in Burkina Faso.
Because of the lack of management of plastic waste, whole landscapes are being destroyed...
Therefore, we have decided to work with plastic recycling, while including a social aspect by employing women who for different reasons are in vulnerable daily situations to do this work.
A P^3 workshop was inaugurated end 2014.
Since 2013, Movement decided to start a project in connection with the social economy, the environment, sustainable and environmental friendly. A participatory project was therefore initiated, P^3: Plastic, Project, Poquet. Movement created from scratch a sewing workshop and trained women in all stages of manufacture and creation of plastic-based items.
Movement France considers that group projects and job creation in line with sustainable development are positive catalysts.
We want to support disadvantaged women (youth, widows, single mothers, orphans) toward financial independence for themselves and their families. Job creation through recycling activity will help build a training and recycling center in total autonomy and managed by women. This project should boost citizens' movements towards responsible and environmentally sustainable community development.
We are desperately in need of space and recognition in the territory of Ouahigouya. Our tiny workshop no longer allows us to respond properly to the demand and to work in good conditions. The construction of a structure will enable us to train new women in our workshop, always focusing on our aim to develop through a participatory system.
This new building shall also be a place for social dialog and support between the women who need to be heard and understood.
We want to give 18-25 years old women, whom the social and economic is precarious, a chance to get by through an action in which they can feel involved and valued.
Thus they act for the future generations but also for the sanitation of their city.
We aim to provide financial and human autonomy to the P^3 workshop.
This is why we are launching a participatory fundraising campaign and we ask everyone to participate as they can, to the construction of the P^3 training center and workshop in the form of a Nubian Vault.
"The technical concept Nubian Vault, inspired by an traditional construction method using only locally sourced materials (mainly mud), allows the realization of solid and durable houses, offering thermal comfort and nice looking, while being adapted to local economies."
This architecture corresponds fully to the principles and philosophy of Movement France. Indeed, two teams of 9 masons plus a supervisor, all natives, shall be working together for three months to raise the formation center. This ancient technique is adapted to the West African area.
At the closure and the validation of the participatory financing ( Hi Ha !! = D ) our volunteer team will go to Ouahigouya for four months. We will begin the construction and we will train two persons to manage the site.
Gaëlle NOUGAREDE, President of Movement France. Since 2013, Gaëlle shares her time between Burkina Faso and France to develop the P^3 project for Burkinabé women. Entirely dedicated to on-site training , she provides support in project management at all stages of the development. Her goal is to start a business in plastic recycling and train women through a participatory and sustainable project.
The financial and human autonomy will be the final consecration.
Haoua OUEDRAOGO Vice-President of Burkina Faso Movement and of the P^3 workshop. A Burkinabe woman, she is the pillar of our local business. She manages the workshop by providing a mix of European and Burkinabe culture. She is the link between the Burkinabe team and the French team.
In 2014, we launch the project with modest financial means and with all the tools needed to the production. It is a small group of volunteers and entirely dedicated women who give of their time and energy to launch the project.
Plastic bags used are special used for the retail of clean drinking water consumed by a large number of Africans daily.
Indeed, these are small poquets of water, whose capacity varies between 25 and 50 cl. They are sold in small roadside shops, in restaurants or in private homes.
Swallowed in seconds, the plastic bag is thrown away on the ground.
The key positive aspects for the production and sale of these water bags are:
- quality (tap drinking water is not accessible to all in Africa)
- low purchase price (25F CFA ie less than 0.04 euros)
- fresh water (water bags are stored in fridge or freezers) and nothing beats 25 cl of fresh water after a day of hard work at more than 35 ° C.
Describe your project goal
It is ambitious, and together we will achieve!
The raise money will be used wholly and exclusively to the construction of the P^3 training centre.
A piece of land shall be chosen so we shall not too far away from down town and not too close either.
We already have the quote from the Nubian Vault Association of Yako (40km away from Ouahigouya). Their manager, OUEDRAOGO Richard, shall be our foreman.
We must also begin to furnish the manager office, and also build the paddock and the cart for the donkey that we shall use to collect the plastic bags in the city.