[:nl]Rains are definitely here, they make it difficult for people to commute and roads are getting very difficult to use. But at the same time it brings lavish colors for the vegetation and birds are also very happy with the rain.

 
Corn field in front of a house in Nefrelaye. In front a karité tree Shea nuts treeCorn field in front of a house in Nefrelaye. In front a karité tree Shea nuts tree
A red bird trying to impress the female on the leftA red bird trying to impress the female on the left

Should I be impressedShould I be impressed??

This week was mainly spent at the office, working with the people of ASAP Burkina but also with people from the social business.

I will try to give you some ideas regarding our organization for the social business. We have created an association called Yiriwali So (YS = house of development). It is a kind of social businesses incubator.
Today we have one social business out of the incubator Sene Yiriwali So (SYS = house of development of agriculture). Inside the incubator we have two businesses: Musso Ka Yiriwali So (MKYS = house of development of the women). This mainly concerns Shea butter and soap making today. Ji Yiriwali So (JYS = house of development of the water) for everything which concerns the water in the country side.

Yiriwali So Musso Ka Yiriwali So Sene Yiriwali So

Those logos are made by my nephew Séverin. His website is worth a visit www.severinmillet.com

In a country where the most important thing for people is to become a civil servant, entrepreneurs are not found a lot. There is a lot of negativity in the business world here: difficulties and costs to start a business, protectionism in most activities and corruption. A lot of the economic activity is informal.
If you want to be competitive you need to do as other players, otherwise you cannot make it.
An example we have this year is when SYS  looked to buy fertilizers. The price was around 26,7 euro per bag of 50kg. When we mentioned the price to the farmers, they jump up and say that Sofitex the cotton company was offering them fertilizer at 22 euro (almost 20% cheaper). The cotton company get subsidies from the government and this is not accessible to small independent businesses or farmers not producing cotton.
Anyway it is challenging, but if the model used by SYS is correct we should see a strong increase of the revenue of the farmers and have a profitable business.
This week we had the selection of the children for the LAP. The selection test was opened to children who were successful at the end of the primary schools in the 10 villages where we are active.

Village Candidates Selected for the LAP

%

Bona

18

11

61%

Fina

4

2

50%

Kofila

18

13

72%

Kouekouesso

21

8

38%

Mogobasso

0

0

0%

Nefrelaye

20

3

15%

Oualana

13

7

54%

Sissa

3

1

33%

Sokourani

44

18

41%

Toungana

13

7

54%

Total

154

70

45%

In the 70 children selected this year we have 29 girls and 41 Boys. We had the same number of girls and boys candidates, 77 each.  Last year we had more girls selected than boys. The children had 2 hours to make the test, but most of them finished it in a bit more than 1 hour. We had the test done in 6 locations at the same time and on the same day.

Test for the LAP in Sokourani1 Test for the LAP in Sokourani2
Test for the LAP in Sokourani3Test for the LAP in Sokourani

More news for the LAP is the positive answer of one of our sponsor to fund the girls “foyer” (boarding quarter for girls at the LAP). This will definitely help the girls and the parents. We expect to have it ready for January 2013.
Some news also in the office. Elza, our administrative assistant is going on maternity leave and Sylvie will replace her during the 3 months of the leave. Since( as all our employees) she is declared, during this period she will be paid by the government. What is strange is that during this period she will be receiving her gross salary and her replacement does not have to be declared!!!!!!

Elza and Sylvie Elza definitively pregnant

An Ethnical group, called Bobo, have the habit to eat the caterpillars which are coming on the Shea trees. Now it is becoming popular also to the other ethnical groups. I have not dared to try it yet.
A Shea tree where the leaves have been eaten by the caterpillar compare it to the one of the first pictures of this letter.A Shea tree where the leaves have been eaten by the caterpillar (compare it to the one of the first pictures of this letter).
The caterpillarThe caterpillar

Below some other pictures taken this trip.

My friend the red birdMy friend the red bird

It is the period when birds are to be seen. Below some specimen.
birds1
birds2
birds3

Teachers
Paint their minds
and guide their thoughts
Share their achievements
and advise their faults
Inspire a Love
of knowledge and truth
As you light the path
Which leads our youth
For our future brightens
with each lesson you teach
Each smile you lengthen
Each goal you help reach
For the dawn of each poet
each philosopher and king
Begins with a Teacher
And the wisdom they bring
Poem by Kevin William Huff
Enseignants
Peignent leurs esprits
et guident leurs pensées
Partagent leurs réalisations
et conseillent leurs fautes
Inspirent l’amour
de la connaissance et de la vérité
Comme ils éclairent le chemin
Qui guide notre jeunesse
Pour que notre avenir s’éclaircisse
à chaque leçon que vous enseignez
Chaque sourire que vous prolongez
Chaque objectif que vous aidez à atteindre
L’aube de chaque poète
Chaque philosophe et roi
Commence par un enseignant
Et la sagesse qu’ils apportent
Poème de Kevin William Huff

This will be all for this trip. Hope you are all well.
Amitiés,   Hervé[:en]

Rains are definitely here, they make it difficult for people to commute and roads are getting very difficult to use. But at the same time it brings lavish colors for the vegetation and birds are also very happy with the rain.

 

Corn field in front of a house in Nefrelaye. In front a karité tree Shea nuts treeCorn field in front of a house in Nefrelaye. In front a karité tree Shea nuts tree

A red bird trying to impress the female on the leftA red bird trying to impress the female on the left

Should I be impressedShould I be impressed??

This week was mainly spent at the office, working with the people of ASAP Burkina but also with people from the social business.

I will try to give you some ideas regarding our organization for the social business. We have created an association called Yiriwali So (YS = house of development). It is a kind of social businesses incubator.

Today we have one social business out of the incubator Sene Yiriwali So (SYS = house of development of agriculture). Inside the incubator we have two businesses: Musso Ka Yiriwali So (MKYS = house of development of the women). This mainly concerns Shea butter and soap making today. Ji Yiriwali So (JYS = house of development of the water) for everything which concerns the water in the country side.

Yiriwali So Musso Ka Yiriwali So Sene Yiriwali So

Those logos are made by my nephew Séverin. His website is worth a visit www.severinmillet.com

In a country where the most important thing for people is to become a civil servant, entrepreneurs are not found a lot. There is a lot of negativity in the business world here: difficulties and costs to start a business, protectionism in most activities and corruption. A lot of the economic activity is informal.

If you want to be competitive you need to do as other players, otherwise you cannot make it.

An example we have this year is when SYS  looked to buy fertilizers. The price was around 26,7 euro per bag of 50kg. When we mentioned the price to the farmers, they jump up and say that Sofitex the cotton company was offering them fertilizer at 22 euro (almost 20% cheaper). The cotton company get subsidies from the government and this is not accessible to small independent businesses or farmers not producing cotton.

Anyway it is challenging, but if the model used by SYS is correct we should see a strong increase of the revenue of the farmers and have a profitable business.

This week we had the selection of the children for the LAP. The selection test was opened to children who were successful at the end of the primary schools in the 10 villages where we are active.

Village

Candidates

Selected for the LAP

%

Bona

18

11

61%

Fina

4

2

50%

Kofila

18

13

72%

Kouekouesso

21

8

38%

Mogobasso

0

0

0%

Nefrelaye

20

3

15%

Oualana

13

7

54%

Sissa

3

1

33%

Sokourani

44

18

41%

Toungana

13

7

54%

Total

154

70

45%

In the 70 children selected this year we have 29 girls and 41 Boys. We had the same number of girls and boys candidates, 77 each.  Last year we had more girls selected than boys. The children had 2 hours to make the test, but most of them finished it in a bit more than 1 hour. We had the test done in 6 locations at the same time and on the same day.

Test for the LAP in Sokourani1 Test for the LAP in Sokourani2
Test for the LAP in Sokourani3Test for the LAP in Sokourani

More news for the LAP is the positive answer of one of our sponsor to fund the girls “foyer” (boarding quarter for girls at the LAP). This will definitely help the girls and the parents. We expect to have it ready for January 2013.

Some news also in the office. Elza, our administrative assistant is going on maternity leave and Sylvie will replace her during the 3 months of the leave. Since( as all our employees) she is declared, during this period she will be paid by the government. What is strange is that during this period she will be receiving her gross salary and her replacement does not have to be declared!!!!!!

Elza and Sylvie Elza definitively pregnant

An Ethnical group, called Bobo, have the habit to eat the caterpillars which are coming on the Shea trees. Now it is becoming popular also to the other ethnical groups. I have not dared to try it yet.

A Shea tree where the leaves have been eaten by the caterpillar compare it to the one of the first pictures of this letter.A Shea tree where the leaves have been eaten by the caterpillar (compare it to the one of the first pictures of this letter).

The caterpillarThe caterpillar

Below some other pictures taken this trip.

My friend the red birdMy friend the red bird

It is the period when birds are to be seen. Below some specimen.

birds1

birds2

birds3

Teachers

Paint their minds

and guide their thoughts

Share their achievements

and advise their faults

Inspire a Love

of knowledge and truth

As you light the path

Which leads our youth

For our future brightens

with each lesson you teach

Each smile you lengthen

Each goal you help reach

For the dawn of each poet

each philosopher and king

Begins with a Teacher

And the wisdom they bring

Poem by Kevin William Huff

Enseignants

Peignent leurs esprits

et guident leurs pensées

Partagent leurs réalisations

et conseillent leurs fautes

Inspirent l’amour

de la connaissance et de la vérité

Comme ils éclairent le chemin

Qui guide notre jeunesse

Pour que notre avenir s’éclaircisse

à chaque leçon que vous enseignez

Chaque sourire que vous prolongez

Chaque objectif que vous aidez à atteindre

L’aube de chaque poète

Chaque philosophe et roi

Commence par un enseignant

Et la sagesse qu’ils apportent 

Poème de Kevin William Huff

This will be all for this trip. Hope you are all well.

Amitiés,   Hervé

[:fr]

Rains are definitely here, they make it difficult for people to commute and roads are getting very difficult to use. But at the same time it brings lavish colors for the vegetation and birds are also very happy with the rain.

 

Corn field in front of a house in Nefrelaye. In front a karité tree Shea nuts treeCorn field in front of a house in Nefrelaye. In front a karité tree Shea nuts tree

A red bird trying to impress the female on the leftA red bird trying to impress the female on the left

Should I be impressedShould I be impressed??

This week was mainly spent at the office, working with the people of ASAP Burkina but also with people from the social business.

I will try to give you some ideas regarding our organization for the social business. We have created an association called Yiriwali So (YS = house of development). It is a kind of social businesses incubator.

Today we have one social business out of the incubator Sene Yiriwali So
(SYS = house of development of agriculture). Inside the incubator we have two businesses: Musso Ka Yiriwali So (MKYS = house of development of the women). This mainly concerns Shea butter and soap making today. Ji Yiriwali So (JYS = house of development of the water) for everything which concerns the water in the country side.

Yiriwali So Musso Ka Yiriwali So Sene Yiriwali So

Those logos are made by my nephew Séverin. His website is worth a visit www.severinmillet.com

In a country where the most important thing for people is to become a civil servant, entrepreneurs are not found a lot. There is a lot of negativity in the business world here: difficulties and costs to start a business, protectionism in most activities and corruption. A lot of the economic activity is informal.

If you want to be competitive you need to do as other players, otherwise you cannot make it.

An example we have this year is when SYS  looked to buy fertilizers. The price was around 26,7 euro per bag of 50kg. When we mentioned the price to the farmers, they jump up and say that Sofitex the cotton company was offering them fertilizer at 22 euro (almost 20% cheaper). The cotton company get subsidies from the government and this is not accessible to small independent businesses or farmers not producing cotton.

Anyway it is challenging, but if the model used by SYS is correct we should see a strong increase of the revenue of the farmers and have a profitable business.

This week we had the selection of the children for the LAP. The selection test was opened to children who were successful at the end of the primary schools in the 10 villages where we are active.

Village

Candidates

Selected for the LAP

%

Bona

18

11

61%

Fina

4

2

50%

Kofila

18

13

72%

Kouekouesso

21

8

38%

Mogobasso

0

0

0%

Nefrelaye

20

3

15%

Oualana

13

7

54%

Sissa

3

1

33%

Sokourani

44

18

41%

Toungana

13

7

54%

Total

154

70

45%

In the 70 children selected this year we have 29 girls and 41 Boys. We had the same number of girls and boys candidates, 77 each.  Last year we had more girls selected than boys. The children had 2 hours to make the test, but most of them finished it in a bit more than 1 hour. We had the test done in 6 locations at the same time and on the same day.

Test for the LAP in Sokourani1 Test for the LAP in Sokourani2
Test for the LAP in Sokourani3Test for the LAP in Sokourani

More news for the LAP is the positive answer of one of our sponsor to fund the girls “foyer” (boarding quarter for girls at the LAP). This will definitely help the girls and the parents. We expect to have it ready for January 2013.

Some news also in the office. Elza, our administrative assistant is going on maternity leave and Sylvie will replace her during the 3 months of the leave. Since( as all our employees) she is declared, during this period she will be paid by the
government. What is strange is that during this period she will be receiving her gross salary and her replacement does not have to be declared!!!!!!

Elza and Sylvie Elza definitively pregnant

An Ethnical group, called Bobo, have the habit to eat the caterpillars which are coming on the Shea trees. Now it is becoming popular also to the other ethnical groups. I have not dared to try it yet.

A Shea tree where the leaves have been eaten by the caterpillar compare it to the one of the first pictures of this letter.A Shea tree where the leaves have been eaten by the caterpillar (compare it to the one of the first pictures of this letter).

The caterpillarThe caterpillar

Below some other pictures taken this trip.

My friend the red birdMy friend the red bird

It is the period when birds are to be seen. Below some specimen.

birds1

birds2

birds3

Teachers

Paint their minds

and guide their thoughts

Share their achievements

and advise their faults

Inspire a Love

of knowledge and truth

As you light the path

Which leads our youth

For our future brightens

with each lesson you teach

Each smile you lengthen

Each goal you help reach

For the dawn of each poet

each philosopher and king

Begins with a Teacher

And the wisdom they bring

Poem by Kevin William Huff

Enseignants

Peignent leurs esprits

et guident leurs pensées

Partagent leurs réalisations

et conseillent leurs fautes

Inspirent l’amour

de la connaissance et de la vérité

Comme ils éclairent le chemin

Qui guide notre jeunesse

Pour que notre avenir s’éclaircisse

à chaque leçon que vous enseignez

Chaque sourire que vous prolongez

Chaque objectif que vous aidez à atteindre

L’aube de chaque poète

Chaque philosophe et roi

Commence par un enseignant

Et la sagesse qu’ils apportent 

Poème de Kevin William Huff

This will be all for this trip. Hope you are all well.

Amitiés,   Hervé

[:de]

Rains are definitely here, they make it difficult for people to commute and roads are getting very difficult to use. But at the same time it brings lavish colors for the vegetation and birds are also very happy with the rain.

 

Corn field in front of a house in Nefrelaye. In front a karité tree Shea nuts treeCorn field in front of a house in Nefrelaye. In front a karité tree Shea nuts tree

A red bird trying to impress the female on the leftA red bird trying to impress the female on the left

Should I be impressedShould I be impressed??

This week was mainly spent at the office, working with the people of ASAP Burkina but also with people from the social business.

I will try to give you some ideas regarding our organization for the social business. We have created an association called Yiriwali So (YS = house of development). It is a kind of social businesses incubator.

Today we have one social business out of the incubator Sene Yiriwali So (SYS = house of development of agriculture). Inside the incubator we have two businesses: Musso Ka Yiriwali So (MKYS = house of development of the women). This mainly concerns Shea butter and soap making today. Ji Yiriwali So (JYS = house of development of the water) for everything which concerns the water in the country side.

Yiriwali So Musso Ka Yiriwali So Sene Yiriwali So

Those logos are made by my nephew Séverin. His website is worth a visit www.severinmillet.com

In a country where the most important thing for people is to become a civil servant, entrepreneurs are not found a lot. There is a lot of negativity in the business world here: difficulties and costs to start a business, protectionism in most activities and corruption. A lot of the economic activity is informal.

If you want to be competitive you need to do as other players, otherwise you cannot make it.

An example we have this year is when SYS  looked to buy fertilizers. The price was around 26,7 euro per bag of 50kg. When we mentioned the price to the farmers, they jump up and say that Sofitex the cotton company was offering them fertilizer at 22 euro (almost 20% cheaper). The cotton company get subsidies from the government and this is not access
ible to small independent businesses or farmers not producing cotton.

Anyway it is challenging, but if the model used by SYS is correct we should see a strong increase of the revenue of the farmers and have a profitable business.

This week we had the selection of the children for the LAP. The selection test was opened to children who were successful at the end of the primary schools in the 10 villages where we are active.

Village

Candidates

Selected for the LAP

%

Bona

18

11

61%

Fina

4

2

50%

Kofila

18

13

72%

Kouekouesso

21

8

38%

Mogobasso

0

0

0%

Nefrelaye

20

3

15%

Oualana

13

7

54%

Sissa

3

1

33%

Sokourani

44

18

41%

Toungana

13

7

54%

Total

154

70

45%

In the 70 children selected this year we have 29 girls and 41 Boys. We had the same number of girls and boys candidates, 77 each.  Last year we had more girls selected than boys. The children had 2 hours to make the test, but most of them finished it in a bit more than 1 hour. We had the test done in 6 locations at the same time and on the same day.

Test for the LAP in Sokourani1 Test for the LAP in Sokourani2
Test for the LAP in Sokourani3Test for the LAP in Sokourani

More news for the LAP is the positive answer of one of our sponsor to fund the girls “foyer” (boarding quarter for girls at the LAP). This will definitely help the girls and the parents. We expect to have it ready for January 2013.

Some news also in the office. Elza, our administrative assistant is going on maternity leave and Sylvie will replace her during the 3 months of the leave. Since( as all our employees) she is declared, during this period she will be paid by the government. What is strange is that during this period she will be receiving her gross salary and her replacement does not have to be declared!!!!!!

Elza and Sylvie Elza definitively pregnant

An Ethnical group, called Bobo, have the habit to eat the caterpillars which are coming on the Shea trees. Now it is becoming popular also to the other ethnical groups. I have not dared to try it yet.

A Shea tree where the leaves have been eaten by the caterpillar compare it to the one of the first pictures of this letter.A Shea tree where the leaves have been eaten by the caterpillar (compare it to the one of the first pictures of this letter).

The caterpillarThe caterpillar

Below some other pictures taken this trip.

My friend the red birdMy friend the red bird

It is the period when birds are to be seen. Below some specimen.

birds1

birds2

birds3

Teachers

Paint their minds

and guide their thoughts

Share their achievements

and advise their faults

Inspire a Love

of knowledge and truth

As you light the path

Which leads our youth

For our future brightens

with each lesson you teach

Each smile you lengthen

Each goal you help reach

For the dawn of each poet

each philosopher and king

Begins with a Teacher

And the wisdom they bring

Poem by Kevin William Huff

Enseignants

Peignent leurs esprits

et guident leurs pensées

Partagent leurs réalisations

et conseillent leurs fautes

Inspirent l’amour

de la connaissance et de la vérité

Comme ils éclairent le chemin

Qui guide notre jeunesse

Pour que notre avenir s’éclaircisse

à chaque leçon que vous enseignez

Chaque sourire que vous prolongez

Chaque objectif que vous aidez à atteindre

L’aube de chaque poète

Chaque philosophe et roi

Commence par un enseignant

Et la sagesse qu’ils apportent 

Poème de Kevin William Huff

This will be all for this trip. Hope you are all well.

Amitiés,   Hervé

[:]

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