At Donsin, a village situated some 30 km from Ouagadougou, the capital city of Burkina Faso, rural women are on the way to conquer the tomato puree market.
The women’s group “Neerwaya” of Donsin exists since the 1990’s. At the time, their main activity was to dry tomato and other leafy vegetables. While it was a way to conserve the vegetables for a longer time, the association also realised that when the products are dried, they are in a smaller amount and hence are less profitable. In 1992, thanks to the Song Koadba Association, of which, the women’s group are members, an Italian couple came here to train us on how to transform tomato into puree. Since then, the transformation of tomato into puree has been one of their key activities. And it is sustaining their livelihoods.
“This activity is very important for us. Because it’s thanks to it that we are able to do what we want, without the help of others,” says Mrs. Aminata Ouédraogo, member of the women’s group.