Thursday, January 30, 2014

Taan Yama methology under the lights !

Taan Yama methodology (meaning "solidarity" in local language) has now been successfully implemented for a year at ABF, our MFI partner in Eastern Burkina Faso. You are curious to know what makes this methodology  so special ?

Have a look at the article published on Trueflift : click here !

Monday, December 9, 2013

On November 30th and December 1st, the 1st Nafa Naana Renewable Energy Fair was hold in Ouagadougou ! Organised by Nafa Naana in partnership with Somd Namé Federation, it was a great success.

Nafa Naana products demonstration
Beside Nafa Naana, other entrerprises were exhibiting such as Actualité Energie, CB Energie, Total, Smart Energy Services, Nafa Naana Nutrition…

Mr Nafa Naana : Living better, spending less !
The event was organised under the patronage of the Mayor of District 10 of Ouagadougou and was sponsored by the Burkinabe Ministry of Mines, Quarries and Energy and honored by the presence of city councils representatives and traditional authorities. This was the opportunity to show Nafa Naana products usage and benefits to the districts’ families through cooking demonstration with an improved cookstove, along with "Mr Nafa Naana" animation, and even a lottery! The lucky winners won a solar lamp, improved cookstoves...

Nafa Naana tombola awards
See you next year !

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Today is Word Food Day… let’s focus on Spirulina!

Do you know spirulina ?
Spirulina is a micro-organism exceptionally rich in proteins, vitamins, minerals and essential fatty acids.It fights effectively against malnutrition in children and vulnerable individuals by reinforcing the immune defence, notably in pregant women and people affected by HIV-Aids.

Burkinabe spirulina

In Burkina Faso…
Did you know it? Burkina Faso is the first producer of spirulina in West Africa. Our program there aims at getting spirulina more accessible to the poorest rural families. A network of spirulina sellers and retailers has been set up. To lift barriers related to spirulina consumption (such as taste and odor), we encourage local food processors to include spirulina in their products: yoghourts, cookies… In 2012, more than 170 kg of spirulina-enriched products have been processed, and the project is now on the way to become a social business! Want to know more ? Click here

Togolese spirulina sellers
In Togo…
The aim is to raise awareness among the most vulnerable people, of the effects of malnutrition and the benefits of spirulina, and to enable them to buy this food supplement at an affordable price.

Selling Spirulina is also a way for people living in extreme poverty or for those who are marginalized to get an extra income for. We have developed a developed a sustainable spirulina marketing model: a fair price paid to the producer, an income generating activity for the sellers and an affordable purchase price for the customers. Eventually, the project will lead to the creation of an independent social business. For more information, it’s right here!

Togolese spirulina

Monday, September 30, 2013

Today is International Translation Day!

This is the occasion to thank all our voluntary translators who support us in translating French/English documents in West Africa: Amélie, Claire, Hermance, Justine, Laurence, Murielle, Pauline, Pierre, Ruth, Shirdon… Thank to you all for your support and your availability!

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Focus on ALIDé, our partner in Benin !

Today is the 53th anniversary of independence of Benin ! Let’s focus on ALIDé, our partner in Benin…

A reference on the national level

Since 2012, ALIDé presides over the national association of microfinance practitioners “Alafia Consortium”. It is also a member of African Microfinance Transparency. Finally, it is one of the rare Microfinance Institution in the country to have its profile on Mix Market website and to have led in 2012 a Smart Campaign self-evaluation. Its leadership and good practices in social microfinance make it an example on the national level. 

A social vision of microfinance

ALIDé helps the most destitute populations to become real economic actors, by giving them access to financial services, as well as social and family support. Today, ALIDé can boast of a network of 8 branches, 25,000 loans granted and 40,000 participations to trainings in 2012 ! But ALIDé has the goal to reach even more destitute people in 2013, and especially people living with HIV and disabled people...

Clementine' success story

After the birth of her twins, Clementine started her business with an initial loan of 10,000 FCFA (€15) granted by ALIDé. Before then she had never had a business activity ! Clementine set herself up in business selling corn and grilled small fry (tilapia). Clementine buys her products directly at local producers. Full of enthusiasm and energy, Clementine made good use of her first loan and had no problem paying it back. She quickly benefited from two other loans of 20,000 FCFA (€30) each that she used to expand her business selling fabric wraps, small bowls and plastic domestic utensils. Today, Clementine actively contributes to improving the living conditions of her whole family !

Monday, July 22, 2013

Assilassimé projects are on Kiva !

A new partnership between Assilassimé Solidarité and Kiva has just been concluded ! 

Assilassimé Solidarité (“Hand in Hand” in the local Ewe language) is a unique microfinance organization in Togo. It prioritises people living with HIV (PLHIV), the disabled and single mothers.  The organization does not require any guarantee or collateral from borrowers. It takes into account their personal circumstances in order to accompany them throughout their struggle to self –sufficiency. There are now more than 4,000 people on their waiting list ! 

 Assilassimé Solidarité group meeting


Friday, June 14, 2013

Discover our programs on Youtube !

You are curious to know more about  
ID Ghana, our MFI* partner in Ghana ? 
click here !

You wonder what Nafa Naana
a social business in creation in 
Burkina Faso, does ? it’s here !

*MFI : Microfinance Institution