FarmSahel is a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering smallholder women farmers of Burkina Faso through regenerative agriculture.
While they create a pathway out of poverty for smallholder women farmers, they help restore degraded land, improve and vitalize soil health, and equip farmers to face climate change. The increases agricultural yield and income by 40% or more per farmer helps women support their families and make their way out of poverty. It’s a startling pair of statistics that 90% of income earned by women is reinvested into families & communities. For instance, this allows them better nutrition and access to healthcare for their families. They earn a higher level of respect by moving to the middle-income class, improving their social standing, which empowers them to reinvest in the community. Women will afford education for all children (especially girls who are always the ones staying home when parents cannot afford to send all their children to school).
About the representative
Madjalia Seynou is the founder and Executive Director of FarmSahel. After obtaining her Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the University of Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, she continued her graduate studies at Saint John’s University in New York where she obtained her Master’s degree in Accounting in 2016. Her decade of experience serving nonprofit organizations as a financial controller along with her experience growing in rural Burkina Faso and witnessing the struggle women farmers go through by relying on subsistence farming to feed their families fueled her desire to put herself at the service of her community, hence the creation of FarmSahel. Madjalia is also the founder of Iram Web Services (www.iramwebservices.fr), a web design agency in Burkina Faso, and in 2022 she added another string to her bow by co- founding RabbitSkill (www.rabbitskill.com), a job board that aims to facilitate the professional development of Burkina Faso’s youth through a vast network of online jobs and career advice.