The tired face of a farmer tending crops under the scorching African sun usually belongs to a woman. Women are the secret weapon in the fight against hunger. By giving them the chance to work and develop professional skills, we strengthen their position in their communities. By supporting them, we create opportunities for an entire generation.
Women play a key role in our agricultural project in Gourcy in the north of Burkina Faso. Among them is Safietou, a mother of two who grows onions, tomatoes and hot pimentos in our vegetable garden. She also learns tailoring in our onsite sewing room in the afternoons. She’s already completed three years of the course and is expected to receive her diploma soon, which will enable her to open her own sewing shop.
International Women’s Day is coming up, the perfect occasion to honor Safietou and help her achieve her dream of safety, health and happiness for herself as well as her children.
According to FAO, a UN organization specialized in fighting poverty and hunger, women reinvest up to 90% of their earnings back into their households. They spend their hard-earned money on food, health care, school and activities to supplement their income. In doing so, they help reduce poverty. By empowering women, we level the chances for entire families to lift themselves out of poverty.
These women rarely want anything for themselves. Their lives revolve around their children. Give a bouquet of Good Flowers and make their dreams come true!