Bibata is a 38-year-old mother of four, living in the rural village of Passimtenga in Burkina Faso. In the past, she found it difficult to grow enough food in a changing climate.
But then she joined forces with women in her village as part of a soumbala enterprise group. Now, they work together to process the seeds of the dawadawa tree into soumbala ─ a nutrient-rich food ─ which they sell to earn an income.
“Now I am able to pay for education for my children and I can pay for food when the rain doesn’t come. For the future, I hope one of my children will become a forester to protect the forest. I hope the soumbala enterprise will grow and that we will diversify our activities, for example, by learning how to make soap.
I would like to send thanks to Tree Aid and its supporters. Thank you so much for all the support you have given me, it has made my life better.”