KABORE Wendlasida Constance (27), BURKINA FASO

WHERE THE ANTS CARRY THE ELEPHANTS

A school holiday she spent in her native village became a real eye-opener to Wendlasida Constance concerning the deplorable condition of rural women: with no independent sources of income, victims of their husbands likes and dislikes, living in appalling conditions of hygiene, etc. So, she created in 2014 the ALIA association (Association Libre Afrique – Free Africa Association).

Its main aim is enabling rural women to enjoy greater autonomy, based on the slogan: “training is the key to autonomy.” She later set up another project called FABI, which in French stands for beautiful, independent African women. It aims at promoting hygiene in rural areas which usually lack the most basic products in this area such as soap; enabling women to make a modest income selling such necessities and enabling them to be aware of their economic and social rights. O ALIA set up various trainings to enable rural women to make these basic products themselves - such as soap - and more theoretical training in areas like economic and social rights, how to create and run a small soap producing facility, and how to use local plants for health care. Such modest initiatives rarely

get into the limelight but their multiplication all round the world ultimately has a huge impact. For as a proverb from Wendlasida Constance’s region states: “When the mouths of the ants get together, they can carry an elephant”, be he called extreme poverty or serious underdevelopment.

Her work contributes to achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals-Agenda 2030 Targets #3, #5, #8& #10