Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries on the globe, with 80 percent of residents eking out a living through subsistence agriculture.
35% of Burkina Faso residents make a living through subsistence agriculture.
Industry is still in its infancy, and the nation is poor in natural resources. Cotton is the nation’s top cash crop, though other agricultural products, including cashews, are grown for export in increasing volumes. Unemployment is high, particularly among young people. TechnoServe and its local partners are working to drive economic growth by helping entrepreneurs build thriving businesses through mentoring, training and other support. TechnoServe is also providing critical support to the burgeoning cashew processing industry, which has the potential to create thousands of jobs and provide new markets for cashew farmers.
Andrew LalaProgram Development Manager, West Africa
From Seed to Trade: Cashew Production in Africa
Entrepreneurship Projects in Burkina Faso
Impulsa tu Empresa
Impulsa Tu Empresa aims to help small and growing businesses boost their growth through mentoring and business training. Since its launch in 2012, the program has increased the sales of over 1,000 businesses by $38 million and generated 1,400 new jobs in Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Burkina Faso.