Zalissa is a 25 year old mother of three, living in the village of Passimtenga in Burkina Faso. In the past, she struggled to get enough food and money to provide for her family as the forest she relied upon became depleted by forest fires and tree cutting.
But now Zalissa has 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. She now earns enough money from soumbala to support her family.
Since joining the project, Zalissa is hopeful that her children will be able to have a better future. She said, “I also have knowledge and skills, and that means a lot to me. I didn’t think I would have this opportunity when I left school. Now, I am very proud of my life. Because, with income and knowledge, I can get a good life for me, my children and my family.”
"I want to thank Tree Aid and all its supporters. The knowledge and skills we have will be passed on now, long after the project.”