Cleanest place in the Sahel?
– People are extremely open, friendly and… fun!
When Sofie Malm elaborates on benefits like better health and better living, she cannot help also highlighting her personal memories of visiting Nakamtenga. In a filmed interview with Röda Korset’s Folk High School, she presents the recent launch of much improved waste management.
The support includes payment to the local carpenter who made barrels, a donkey and a carriage for transport and some education material. Six lady collectors are also paid to train others in handling their garbage. The women keep Nakamtenga clean by bringing everything from peoples’ homes to a waste incinerator (förbränningsugn).
Sofie Malm works for Iterio, a big group of consultants within community planning and building. For three years, the company has been involved in various activities in Burkina Faso.
– During the corona pandemic, many donors are hesitant to contribute while Nakamtenga loses most of the project’s income generation. Therefore, we are immensely grateful when Iterio now increases its support, says Secretary General Stina Berge. Improved waste management also provides the deployed women with an income to care for their families.
– And I dare say this is an environmental revolution for a place like Nakamtenga!
Oh yes, another thing: Iterio also coordinates and provides breakfast for Yennenga’s three special groups of experts in various fields, every time they gather for workshops in Stockholm.