Food security is a serious issue in our partner communities. It’s unfortunately common for families to rely on one meal per day, causing a ripple effect that impacts community health and student performance – perpetuating the cycle of poverty. The issues of climate change, deforestation, and the use of chemical fertilizers have only intensified the threat.
The Sonder Project seeks to improve food security by developing solar-powered irrigated community farms and leading agricultural education workshops focused on agroecology techniques.
Currently, The Sonder Project is developing one community farm in Burkina Faso, which was initiated in 2018. The farm is approximately 11 acres in size and has 100+ members supporting over 500 people. It uses solar-powered irrigation and is capable of producing crops three times a year – whereas traditional rain-fed farming is capable of only one. The farm is managed by a local leadership committee made up of an equal number of men and women, and is supported by Sonder Project staff. We’re proud to report that 78% of the farm’s members are women! Due to cultural norms, women are far less likely than men to own land. As a result, our community farm provides much-needed economic opportunity for women.
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Yamwaoga Sam, 40 years old, has lived a difficult life. She has been mute since she was a child, apparently the result of a case of meningitis from when she was a child – her family believes.
See how our partnership with a community in Burkina Faso is leading towards a food secure future.
Photography: Tara Rice Koudyoba’s story is sadly not unique, but it highlights the impact of The Sonder Project. Koudyoba is a widow. She never went to school and was married at the age of 17 in an arranged marriage. 4 years ago her husband got sick and died....
Rouamba Odile is a fighter. She was born in the 1960’s in Burkina Faso, but she’s not sure exactly when. She never went to school and she isn’t able to read/write. Her father tried to arrange her marriage at the age of 17, but she ran away to her sisters...