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Uploaded on Apr 14, 2008
OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, 9 April 2008 -- A women's association in Burkina Faso is helping single mothers and widows to reclaim their independence through various types of employment.
The UNICEF-supported group, known as 'Association Rintereb Som', provides donkey-drawn carts, which allow the women to make money by removing litter from homes in the community. Additionally, the women make soap and cosmetics using local materials. They also tend to small plots and raise crops, which they use for food and income generation during lean economic times.
Many of these women, who found themselves widowed or abandoned by their husbands, have up until now been left without the means to provide for themselves and their children.