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Mali & Burkina Faso
Following the coup d’état in Mali and civil war in March 22, 2012, Trickle Up remains committed to continuing our work in West Africa. The political crisis in Mali exacerbated poverty in a region already struggling with chronic poverty and the rising threat of severe food shortages. UN and other relief officials that these pressures have prompted more than 300,000 Malians to leave their homes, about half to neighboring countries and half to other parts of Mali.
Mali and Burkina Faso are two of the poorest countries in West Africa and the world. 10% of the population in these countries suffers from malnutrition, approximately one in three children are underweight, and life expectancy is only about 50 years.
Agriculture is the primary economic activity for 80-90% of the labor force in each country, but a semi-arid climate and the lack of irrigation infrastructure constrain productivity. A lack of employment options in the off-season (up to six months of the year when people cannot work the fields), and high food prices also contribute to the ongoing cycle of poverty. In recent years, erratic rainfall patterns have threatened the livelihoods of millions and worsened food shortages in the region. With limited access to financial resources, advanced technology, or vibrant markets that would extend economic opportunity to the poorest households, families are locked in subsistence-level activities–with each day a struggle for survival.
In the communities where Trickle Up works, close to 80% of the population lives on less than $1.25 a day. Although these communities face significant obstacles to moving out of poverty, Trickle Up has established a successful track record of raising income levels and improving quality of life for the poorest of the poor.
Trickle Up’s West Africa field office is based in Sévaré, Mali. Our local team works closely with a network of partner agencies implementing our programs in Mali and Burkina Faso. These partners are locally-based non-governmental organizations with expert knowledge of community dynamics, market contexts, and the regulatory environment. They undergo a rigorous training process and receive regular support from our regional field office staff, which prepares them to implement Trickle Up’s program and bolsters their capacity to support and increase microenterprise development in a region presently underserved.
Since 2004, Trickle Up has reached 23,712 participants in Mali and Burkina Faso, impacting the lives of 118,560 people (for an average of 5 people benefiting from each Trickle Up participant).
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