Ashoka Fellow
Burkina Faso
Fellow Since 1996
Ashoka commemorates and celebrates the life and work of this deceased Ashoka Fellow.
This description of Marcelline Ouédraogo's work was prepared when Marcelline Ouédraogo was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 1996.
Marcelline Ouédraogo (Burkina Faso 1996) is transforming one of the few economic assets in Sahelian Africa controlled by women-karite butter-from a less-than-subsistence, informal-sector activity into a formalized and systematized cottage industry capable of generating not only dramatically increased incomes, but also new jobs, new skills and opportunities and, perhaps most importantly, the organizational base for further expansion of women into the formal economy.
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