In Burkina Faso, women live in a precarious situation, marked by clear discrimination, both socially and in the labour market.

For instance, the majority of women in the village of Kotédougou cannot read or write, and are confined to working in localized trade. 


One of CAT SYA’s objectives is to empower the entrepreneurial spirit of women, promoting teamwork and motivation to improve their income level and consequently their quality of life and that of their families.

We firmly believe in the potential that women represent, and we believe that the best way to support them is by promoting activities that can generate income while fostering empathy and bonds of solidarity among them.

Our projects

Actions carried out by CAT SYA during these years:

-Formations for the production of natural Shea butter soap, peanut paste, and/or sumbala; and for the use of technologies for shelling corn or peanuts.

-Promotion of literacy and training in basic accounting so that women can manage the accounts of their associations.

-Sensitization on various topics such as entrepreneurship and the importance of hygiene and environmental care.

Formations for Women

Initiatives for Women’s Projects. A program created to generate development and reduce poverty through training and the establishment of activities in which women can play a prominent role, providing assistance to develop their economic and personal autonomy.

Literacy and basic accounting training.

Since 2018, we have incorporated literacy and the acquisition of basic knowledge into accounting training, aiming to improve the management of accounts for their small businesses and, especially, their associations Sababou Gnouman and Weltare. Per incentivar l'assistència a classe s'inclou un àpat diari durant els tres o quatre mesos que dura l'alfabetització.

Vocational training

This program aims to encourage income-generating activities proposed by women that are feasible with existing resources, with external assistance to get started. Our intervention focuses on strengthening their skills and fostering a willingness to work collaboratively as a team.

Production of Sumbala and Peanut Paste

Investing in women's projects is effective because they are more likely to provide employment and train other women, promoting gender equity and equal opportunities. Additionally, women are more likely to spend income on family priorities such as education, health, and nutrition.

Shelling Corn

In 2015, CAT SYA managed the donation of a corn shelling machine made by a group of entrepreneurs (T2M) and an NGO member to a collective of women in the village of Koro. This helped them avoid long journeys to grind the cereal. By 2018, these women, gathered under the association Weltare, joined the literacy project and achieved great results in their control exams.

Production of natural Shea butter soap

In 2017, in response to the demand from a group of women in the village of Kotedugú (mothers of the children sponsored by CAT SYA), the NGO decided to finance a training program to learn how to make 100% natural Shea butter soap. Since then, these women, gathered under the association "Sababou Gnouman" (meaning "A good opportunity" in Dioula), have been producing the soap for personal use and for sale in neighboring villages. The project's monitoring continues, and CAT SYA promotes the production of a more commercial soap to be sold in shops in Bobo and at events organized by the NGO in Europe.

Peanut Peeling Machinery

Also in 2017, CAT SYA provided machinery and training to promote the utilization of peanuts, which have significant production in the area.

Women's Formation Program, in Numbers


Women in literacy classes.


Women participating in soap production.


Hours of literacy classes.


Number of hired individuals. Teachers and hired staff.


Direct beneficiaries.


Indirect beneficiaries (5 family members each).

(*) Alpha Monitor, Accounting Management Monitor, Project Coordinator and Supervisor, CAT SYA Accountant, Purchasing Agent, Deputy Representative of the NGO.

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