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Sahel Region: The PADES to promote youth and women entrepreneurship in Oudalan

The Support Project for Entrepreneurship Development in the Sahel (PADES) was launched on Tuesday, September 15th, 2020, in Ouagadougou. Ultimately, the project should benefit 1,600 young people and women entrepreneurs in the sectors of the livestock value chain and 240 business project holders and CSOs. The initiative could be extended to the entire Sahel or even to other regions.

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The Sahel Entrepreneurship Development Support Project (PADES), aims to create or strengthen 240 micro-enterprises and CSOs and 288 direct jobs, stabilizing 648 jobs. PADES was launched by the Africare Burkina Faso consortium, the International Development Support Service (SIAD), UCEC, and the Gorom-Gorom town hall. A project financed by the European Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the tune of $472,900 (262 million FCFA) and for a period of six months.

The objective of the project is to contribute to the stability of the Sahel region and the sustainable integration of the populations in their territories. To achieve that, PADES plans to promote the creation of jobs and productive self-employment in the livestock value chain by stimulating the development of local micro and small businesses, and then strengthen the action of the commune of Gorom-Gorom towards young people and women. Ultimately, about 1,600 young people, aged between 16 and 45 years, and women entrepreneurs in the sectors of the livestock value chain and 240 business project leaders and CSOs, including 30% IDPs, will benefit from the support of this project.

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For Amadou Sawadogo, representative of the beneficiaries, this project is a breath of fresh air for the people of the province of Oudalan

According to Sawadago, because of the insecurity, local entrepreneurship has suffered a lot. “We have been looking for a long time for ways and means to be supervised or trained for our livestock activities,” he said. For him, in the livestock value chain, the actors need to be trained, supervised and accompanied to obtain feed for the animals. And there is nothing like Gorom-Gorom for such a project, because breeding is cultural in this province.

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For the regional cooperation advisor of the French Embassy, Houcine Dahmane, it is certain that the province of Oudalan is among the most affected by insecurity and at the same time one of the provinces with the most internally displaced persons. However, the regional cooperation advisor added, it is clear that the employment problem and the precariousness of livelihoods contribute to the deterioration of the situation. Hence the choice of this province. What is innovative about the project, for him, is that it will provide capital to some project holders. The project will mainly focus its intervention on the benefit of about twenty villages in the province.

The mayor of the commune of Gorom-Gorom, Ibrahim Ag Attahir, expressed his satisfaction that his commune is benefiting from this project which is a response to the major economic and food crisis in the border areas of Burkina Faso, linked to human insecurity. The head of the Africare Burkina office, Hubert Badiel, informed that the initiative concerns, for starters, the province of Oudalan, but could be extended to the entire Sahel or even to other regions, with the support of other financial partners.

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