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Burkina Faso 2012

Burkina Faso 2012

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Funding Opportunities in Burkina Faso
w/ partners Amandla Awethu Africa and Amurt West Africawww.amandla-africa.org http://www.amurt.net/burkina-farming-health/ 
Infrastructure Assistance Program
Fencing for Farms
(left to right – ADM, Vegetable Garden, Banyenma)
The need:
During the dry season, feeding livestock becomes a challenge. Families allow their donkeys, cows, goats and sheep roam around the village and surrounding area to forage for food. Thismakes growing anything during the season a challenge, as it is at risk to be eaten by animals.Traditionally, people construct fences out of millet stalks to protect their dry season vegetable cropsand trees. This works until the animals eat through the natural fencing and ravage whatever is growinginside. People generally appoint someone in the family to sleep on and protect the gardens. Manysimply do not grow anything during that season. Those that are successful in growing vegetablegardens during the dry season double their yearly income, as their market is guaranteed.We have chosen to build two chain-link fences this year for two farmer associations. One is for theBanyenma Women’s Association who cultivate vegetables during the main growing season, and whowould like to continue into the dry season. The other fence is for the Association for the Discovery of Manna's educational farm. We have worked this past year to help the association establish an “idealfarm,” featuring a progressive agroforestry system and sizeable organic vegetable garden. Bothassociations have access to irrigation on farm. The chain-link fence will last many years, allowing for year round vegetable production and the gradual establishment of a “living fence.”
Banyenma Association – Kindi Kombou Village
Permanent fencing for Association's cooperative vegetable farm:10 rolls of metal fencing – 47567 wooden poles – 504 iron poles – 401 bag cement – 12Transport – 60
 
Total = $637 
Association for the Discovery of Manna – Kindi Kombou Village
 Permanent fencing for ADM demonstration farm:20 rolls of metal fencing – 950134 wooden poles – 1008 iron poles – 802 bag cement – 24Transport – 120
Total = $1274 
* * *
Bissiri Moringa ProjectThe vision and need:
We're in the pilot phase of setting up a socially oriented cooperative business that aims to produce, process and promote top quality organic moringa powder. We are focusing on supplying the domesticdemand for moringa in city grocery stores, clinic dispensaries, and any other places throughout thecountry. We intend on building processing facilities that comply with USDA and other internationalhealth regulations. This will enable us to access Western markets. For now, we are raising funds to purchase an herbal grinding machine that can process the dry leaves into powder. We are still in the process of drawing up an extensive budget for processing facilities. Having a machine now will allowus to process sufficient quantity to begin marketing our powder domestically, thereby generating fundsto further develop the business. In addition, we are planning to continue our rural outreach programsaimed at spreading the good news about moringa's powerful health benefits. Programs will includefree seed distribution and training families to cultivate
moringa kitchen gardens.
 Electric Herbal Grinder w/ extra fine sieve attachment - $1813
 
1 50-kilo sack of moringa seeds - $250(We would like to purchase at least 12 sacks for planting and distribution this next quarter)
* * *
Micro Finance Program
The vision and need:
We work with farmers in the Tapoa Province, the majority of whom depend on the cultivation of cottonas their only source of cash income. Much due to US subsidies, multinational cotton corporations offer menial compensation for their harvest. Farmers are fed up, not only with the low market price of cotton, but with the hazardous chemicals used in cultivation. In an effort to assist farmers in findingsupplemental sources of cash income, we established a microfinance program that funds viable marketalternatives. (Rice, sesame and vegetables to name a few)Currently, the program funds the activities of four partner farmer associations. The long-term vision of the project is to establish a village based micro lending institution that generates credit locally and provides microloans to those that do not have access to loans from larger area banks. In order to reachour long-term goals, we must collect the initial credit from outside donors and train competent localindividuals to run the program. So far, we have been able to raise funds for the first loan cycle (May2011 – April 2012) and are in need of funds for the second cycle. (May 2012 – April 2013). Loansrange from around 6 – 130 dollars per person, depending on the kind of crops grown.
Association for the Discovery of Manna (ADM) Cooperative Rice Production – Kindi KombouVillage
Required inputs for rice production - seed, fertilizer and land preparationTotal input cost for 1 member = 128

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