Shea nut collecting women in
southwestern Burkina Faso received a computer system in mid-June to
help them manage, record, retrieve, and track information about the
sale of Shea nuts. This will increase efficiency and eventually will
help them to sell more Shea nuts.
'Before, we used a paper-based
recording system and it caused many problems at the section levels',
said Clementine Hien, the treasurer of Fadefso, the Federation of
Women's Development and Emancipation Associations in Southwestern
Burkina Faso. The Federation has over 20,000 members, of whom more
than 10,000 engage in seasonal Shea nut collection.
sections are unable to know exactly how many members involved in Shea
nut collection', added Mrs Hien, concluding that this shortcoming
affect provisions for the next season.
With the support of
IICD and ICCO, who teamed up with other partners to form the Connect
for Change Consortium, Fadefso kicked off the piloting phase by
installing its computer and accessories in its headquarters in Dano,
about 340 km southwest of the capital Ouagadougou.
computer, we will digitalize the list of all our members', said
Olivier Some the Fadefso-Dano support agent. He added that the
delay-causing handling of paper-based correspondence with clients and
partners was to be replaced by emails.
Shea (a nut that
is used to create Shea Butter) collection is the most important
income-generating activity for women in Southwestern Burkina Faso.
Putting Information and Communication Technologies at the disposal of
those hardworking women for managerial, information recording and
tracking tasks is a way to increase their efficiency and their