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Insight AAK No 3 2016 E-book

Local benefits One woman who has greatly benefitted from AAK’s program is Marie Jeanne Somé from the village of Pouleba in southwestern 6 Burkina Faso. Marie Jeanne, mother of two boys and two girls and gardener by trade, had a difficult time to make ends meet before joining Kolo Nafaso.   “Thanks to the pre-financing from AAK, I feel reborn. I now have a job that provides me with money and I can afford what I need”, says Marie Jeanne Somé.   When Marie Jeanne Somé received the pre-financing from AAK, she asked her husband to buy her seeds so she could improve her garden. It has been four years since she started to receive pre-financing from AAK and during these years a lot of things have improved Marie Jeanne’s and her family’s situation.   “I can pay the school fees for my children and I can help my husband to buy school supplies for them. I can take care of myself when I’m sick without having to ask my husband for help. And I have built a small enclosure with two pigs. As soon as I get more money I’ll add more livestock.”   Marie Jeanne’s husband, Iroubaar Somé, is also very grateful of the help his wife receives through AAK’s program. Marie Jeanne Somé is one of many West African women who have benefitted from AAK’s work in the region.   “Before the program and the pre-financing, our wives sold their shea kernels in small quantities but today, thanks to AAK, they can put together larger quantities which allow them to earn more money”, says Iroubaar Somé. “This has also helped our wives become more financially independent, and in our village, it has encouraged the women to unite and initiate community activities that benefit everyone.”


Insight AAK No 3 2016 E-book
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