Weekly Awesome Burkina Faso: Working with Women’s Groups

McKenna Radunzel is an education volunteer living and working in a village in southwest Burkina Faso. McKenna works with a women’s association in her village. The association, consisting of 41 women, started to make mosquito repellent cream called neem cream.

The ingredients are all found locally within the community and include soap, shea butter, and the leaves of a local Neem tree. All of the materials are cheap and create a natural mosquito repellent that can be used in the early evening and mornings when families are not yet sleeping under their mosquito nets.

The women’s association is now selling the cream and making a hefty profit that can help fund other projects in the community.


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