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Humanitarian projects
The Wouol Association undertakes several projects meant to inform, sensitize and educate the population. Classes of alphabetization in French and in local languages, technical training and classes of non violent communication are offered to the population. The Association also acts in emergencies by welcoming and installing refugies. More over, it helps repatriated people integrate themselves. A system of community food distributes an average of 320 meals a day for its members. Futhermore, it values local and national expertise and it supports the elaboration and programming of development projects.
 
Development projects
Two projects are currently being achieved

1) Program consolidating organizational and selfpromotional capacities of the Wouol Association

The global objective of this program is to improve the profitability and the economic capacities of the Association through the reinforcement of technical management, of the diversification process, and of the organizers’ professionalism.

This program subdivides itself in six main objectives:

-Devloping the views of the basic groups and putting together a system of communication and of appropriate follow-up evaluations

-Reinforcing financial and accountant managmentof the Association by putting in place a financial and accounting system in accordance with the demands of the Accountant System of West Africa (SYSCOA) and of the Organization for the Harmonization of Business Law (OHADA).

-Increasing the number and quality of collected products

-Icreasing productivity and the capacity of rural micro-companies

-Marketing products by the emergence of a competitive commercial pole in order to assure to the producers a sustainable and fair salary

-Increase the sensibility and improve the practices of the the members and of the local population by putting together an educational system related to environment issues and to the sustainable management of natural ressources

 
2) Diversification program financed by Intermon Oxfam (2006-2008)

The overall objective of this program is to improve, in a fair way, the populations’ income through the creation of stable jobs and the distribution of fair salaries.

The program’s aims the reinforcement of the main members’ professionalism and the acquisition of modern equipment. These actions are put out in a context of market expansion and of harsh quality norms being adopted internationally. The goal is to increase the profitability and productivity of the transformation sector while favoring the protection of the environment, agricultural production, marketing, and the access for the population to basic social services.

The Wouol Association concentrates its efforts on the integration of the various growing operations, like pineapples and the … which are harvested alternatley to the mangoes.

Here’s a list of some of the program’s concrete objectives:

-Promoting the use of waste coming out of mangoes to make into juice, syrup or jam

-Creating a production unit for cashew almonds

-Transforming 480 tons of nuts, creating 150 jobs and exporting 40 tons of cashew almonds

-Producing dried papayas and pineapples

-Selling shelled and steamed fonio on the local market

-Producing sesame and bissap.

 
Achieved projects
During the year 2002, the Wouol Association concentrated its efforts on three particular programs. First of all, it developed a humanitarian management program to help relieve the consequences of the Ivorian crisis on the Cascades region. Moreover, it defined the parameters of its strategic plan.

The Association has also put together a program for the reinforcement of organizational and commercial activities for local products. This program received techninal advice and was financially supported by Internom Oxfam and by the Spanish community of Castille-La-Manche, which helped obtain appreciable results. Indeed, between 2001 and 2005 the number of harvested mangoes went from 150 thousand kg to 650 thousand kg, which gave 26 million of FCFA (equivalent to 40 thousand Euros). During the same period, the quantity of dried mangoes went from 5 500 kg to 31 000 kg for a total of 96 million FCFA (representing 146 thousand Euros). This improvement has contributed to the diversification of food habits and the creation of 456 jobs, 433 of which are held by women.

  Achievements
 

-Making of a transformation unit

 

 
-The construction of infrastructures for transformation: four mango drying facilities of a capacity of 90 tons of dried products, as well as a juice, syrup and jam fabricating facility

-Creation of 450 jobs which 87% are occupied by women, nd increase of the average annual salary

-Acquisition of the FLO certificate for fair trade and the ECOCERT-International certificate for biological products

-Setting of a collecting and marketing center

-Introduction of agricultural and management counseling for the development process

-Welcoming of national and international interns from schools and universities

-Partnership with the University of Ouagadougou, the Polytechnical University of Bobo-Dioulasso and the Polytechnical University of Catalonia

-Creation of a micro-enterprises network of fruit transformation and creation of a cereal bank

-Acquisition of 45 gas homes and 347 bikes for the members

-Creation of a community canteen with a large variety of food made with local products (Karfiguela rice, Banfora attiéké, the members’ vegetable harvest …), and creation of a health and education center.

-Political positioning: presidency of the Consultation and Exchange Provincial Board for organizations of producers and presidency of the Agricultural Chairmanship of the Cascades region.

 
Advocacy and Lobbying

The Wouol Association leads advocacy and lobbying actions aiming a change in politics favoring a fair commerce and to put a human face on growth of the rural community.

Through the association’s sensitizing actions, producers have been promoted within representing structures such as the Regional House of Agriculture (CRA). It actively participated in the realization context study and in the making of the CRA’s action plan. They work together in order to obtain the brand name for original Burkina Faso mangoes. Together, they try to make the local population socially conscious so it will participate in the region’s political and administrative decentrlisation mouvement.

The Wouol Association also succeeded in placing its members within the region’s decisional authorities. The Association is a member of the national platform for fair trade and of the African Symposium of Fair Trade (SACE). It is also at the chairmanship of the Provincial Board for consultation and exchange with organizations of producers. Moreover, it conducts pleading speeches together with non governmental organizations (NGOs) in defense of Burkina Faso’s rice and cotton.

 

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