Alizeta Ouedraogo has been living in Korsimoro in northern Burkina Faso for almost 40 years. Though Alizeta was not able to attend school, her entrepreneurial spirit means that she runs multiple farming enterprises, breeding livestock and growing millet, beans, sesame and more.
The money that she makes from her business is either re-invested into more livestock, or set aside to support her grandchildren’s education. Alizeta is socially-minded as well as business-focused – working to train others in her community with the skills she learnt participating in a Tree Aid project.
However, as a woman living in the rural drylands of Africa, the climate crisis is making her daily working life much harder. Waking up every morning, Alizeta washes her children & goes to work on her farmland, but it’s hard work in the scorching heat; she must walk miles for water each day, and farming is becoming increasingly difficult due to the impacts of deforestation and soil degradation.
As someone that has benefited from training, and now helps to train others, Alizeta is passionate about the impact that learning these new skills can have. She explained: “we have to develop the village and the country so there is this knowledge. We must help people to help themselves before helping the community… if this continues in other localities, we think the country succeeds!”
Alizeta told us how the project has transformed her own prospects for the future, explaining “from this work, we can see that our future is assured. Our beautiful daughters are following in our footsteps and I think that they will not have any difficulties in the future.”
She offered Tree Aid supporters like you a “cry from the heart” of thanks, saying “we also ask Tree Aid to help other women who are in difficulty like us because with this help, we are able to support our children in school”.
With your continued support, Tree Aid will be able to honour Alizeta’s request, as we work with communities to hold back the desert and tackle poverty across Africa’s drylands.