Bernadette was finding it harder and harder to get enough food for her family because of changes to her environment.
Since joining a Tree Aid project, she has been making and selling shea butter from shea trees.
Zalissa lives in the village of Passimtenga in Burkina Faso. As her land becomes more and more degraded, she is finding it harder to get enough food and money to provide for her family.
But six years ago, Zalissa joined a soumbala enterprise group. With help from tools and training provided through a Tree Aid project, she learnt how to turn dawadawa tree seeds into soumbala ─ a nutrient-rich food.
“Before, we would have four months of the lean, hungry season. Since I joined the project, I am with other women from the village and we sell shea butter and other forest products together.
It really makes it easier for me to take care of my children and my family.”