Marcelline Ouédraogo

Ashoka Fellow
Burkina Faso,
Fellow Since 1996


This profile was prepared when Marcelline Ouédraogo was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1996.
The New Idea
Marcelline Ouédraogo has transformed karite processing and made it into a substantial industry run by women, from production to marketing of a wide range of consumer products. She has grown this undertaking from existing women's cooperative organizations and is consciously building an enterprise that is democratic and cooperative-one that is as concerned with raising the status of women as it is with generating profits. In addition, Marcelline is working with a local research institute to develop a new hybrid of the karite tree that will bear fruit at a much faster rate.
The Problem
The Strategy
The Person

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