In Burkina Faso, there are two camps where refugees from Mali are housed: Goudoubo and Mentao. Often Malian refugees and host communities in Burkina Faso are skilled herders and shepherds, and already have the skills to work in various parts of the dairy production process. In partnership with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), we are working with Malian refugees and members of host communities in Burkina Faso to build profitable and sustainable dairy and artisan goods microenterprises.
Trickle Up is working with existing UNHCR projects in Burkina Faso to incorporate the Graduation Approach into their work with refugees. In addition to providing emergency support to refugees, UNHCR already provides many aspects of the Graduation Approach, such as market analysis, consumption support, capacity building, asset building, cash or capital grants, access to credit, etc.
We are assisting UNHCR in Burkina Faso in integrating Graduation into these projects to create more concrete benchmarks to monitor participants’ progress and tailor project activities to the needs of individual participants through coaching. In addition, building in a savings component strengthens refugees’ resilience and provides more economic security during times of scarcity. In Goudoubo and Mentao, refugee and host community participants will be able to meet their essential needs using their own capabilities, resources, and funding. The addition of host community participants in the program helps to encourage the integration of refugee families into host communities, building support networks in Burkina Faso for refugees.