We may have different views on Europe’s migration policy, but one thing is clear – the hungry, those who are cold or who are living in fear must be fed, warmed and given safe shelter.
The village of Gourcy in the northern part of Burkina Faso, where a small agricultural cooperative has been developing for several years under the patronage of the Good Factory, is an area prone to terrorist attacks and experiencing devastating climate change. Agriculture based on hoes and watering cans will not survive here and us having dug a water well has proved paramount to survival in this part of Africa .
“The lack of rain and water is leading to crop failure and a great fear of famine, which will be hard to avoid this year in this region of Africa, where even a water well is insufficient to support agriculture in these extreme conditions. The people in our care are fighting for every vegetable. Aubergines, courgettes, onions and fruit. Keep your fingers crossed for us,” writes our delegate, Gosia Tomaszewska, straight from Burkina Faso.
Using modern solutions, we are doing everything we can to give people work and the opportunity to support their families rather than make the drastic decision of fleeing their own home and country.
By supporting our project, you help to bring new products to the local market, to enrich the locals’ diet, and to develop trade one step at a time. In addition, the money they raise in our mill, sewing room and vegetable garden provides funds from which they will be able to draw further profits by applying for micro-loans for very tangible ways of developing their enterprises. The local community benefits from its own resourcefulness. All we have to do is put some fuel in that well-oiled machine!
The economic situation in Burkina Faso is in a dire state. With more than a million internally displaced persons who have already left their homes in the north of the country for fear of jihadists, we can be sure that more and more people will soon be faced with the critical decision of whether to flee their homes in fear of hunger and danger, risking a several-week long journey to Europe, where they are not wanted. The vast majority of these families embark on a deadly journey not for a better life, but to merely survive. They do not want to leave their loved ones and their homeland. Thanks to The Good Factory, they do not have to.
Help us produce even more good today to fuel this factory of good that will give the people of Gourcy new opportunities. It will allow them to stay in their homes, without fear of not being able to feed their children or send them to school.
A building block for the expansion of our vegetable garden costs just 8 PLN. It’s not much, but it’s something that can put the troubled lives of those in our care back on track towards a stable and peaceful future in their own homeland.