The Good Village About us

The good village – welfare societies in mini format.
Yennenga Progress is an expertise network for a sustainable society. Yennenga Progress’ concept The good village is an initiative to create sustainable societies in countries that do not yet have a functioning welfare system, through collaboration with local entrepreneurship, national authorities and conscious companies and people globaly.

It started in 2001 with a preschool in the village Nakamtenga in Burkina Faso, where an entire society is now emerging. Through our global network of global expertise and resources, we contribute to continuous growth, with a focus on education, health and infrastructure from a local perspective. We are using the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals as a road map going forward.

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What and why?

The purpose of Yennenga Progress is to combat poverty and create a democratic society. To achieve that, we first need to secure fundamental human rights. This requires a social structure that can organize the work but also trust in this social structure and its decision makers. The Good Village is a model to achieve this and embraces all the UN global goals.

Our work is divided up into three areas: education, health and infrastructure/entrepreneurship


Our mission emerges from local needs that must be met to secure life and security, peace and democracy. The needs and their solutions are identified by individuals that themselves are engaged in the development of local communities. We coordinate private individuals, companies and organizations internationally that want to give money, products or expertise to contribute making it possible and to achieve the Global Goals.

Through investing in entrepreneurship, we enable local financing of the village’s welfare – each year the share of the welfare in the village that is financed locally increases.


The Good Village-concept originates and is further developed in the village Nakamtenga in Burkina Faso. We are also involved in projects in other countries around the world, to expand our network and to learn how others have solved social challenges.

In our network we now have a wide range of commitments and expertise, and a constantly growing experience of models, processes and technology. We wish to use all of this to contribute to the creation of more welfare societies in accordance with the The Good Village-concept.

Yennenga Progress Sweden and Yennenga Progress Burkina Faso are two non-profit organizations, created by the same founders with one joint mission. Our philosophy is that all people have fundamental human rights that need to be met, that we are all interconnected and that all people need to be given the opportunity to create a better future for themselves and the generations that follow. We are all born for lifelong learning and creativity, and this can only happen in a context of good cooperation and exchange between people.

Our focus areas


“Research shows that inclusive education of good quality for all is one of the most important foundations for prosperity, health and equality in all societies. Education is the key to prosperity and opens up a world of possibilities which makes it possible for each of us to contribute to a sustainable society.”

The Global Goals

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Maternal mortality and child mortality in Burkina Faso are among the highest in the world. Burkina Faso passed a law against female circumcision in 1997 but unfortunately the reality today is different. According to national statistics, 13% of the girls are still being circumcised. However, the studies we have conducted locally, to date, suggest that about 30% or more of the girls are circumcised / genital-mutilated.

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Infrastructure, and everything it entails, is probably the most basic human right. In order to create a functioning society, functioning infrastructure is required. This is what connects the community and creates conditions for building a local economy. If there is risk of starvation, lack of clean water, desertification and homelessness, the population must first focus all its efforts and limited resources on survival.

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How the network works

1. What can you contribute with?

You can contribute with your skills, your network and your money to solve the world's problems.

2. Sign up

Sign up with your skills and interests so that we can maximize your input.

3. Stay updated

Follow us on our social media and sign up for our newsletter to stay up to date.

4. We'll contact you

We inform you when your skills are needed. Please do tell us when you know where you can help or if you have any further ideas.

5. Real change

Every step we take together can be followed and the change is real

6. Partners

Companies, organizations and experts making it come true. Read more.

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Pauline Conde, Development coordinator and contact person Yennenga Center
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Building sustainable societies

Lasting progress emerges by local efforts together with international partnerships. Together we make a difference to achieve the Global Goals.

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One of the most important aspects of our work is the partnership network. We match relevant people in our network with ideas, activities, and projects where their competence will be most valuable.

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Konstnär: Ann-Marie Bäckström
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The Story of the Princess Yennenga

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Yennenga organisational structure

Yennenga Progress is registered as an organization in Sweden and in Burkina Faso.


General Secretary Stina Berge

Stina grew up in Burkina Faso, and as the "adoptive" daughter of Joesph Ilboudo, developed his work further, based on the teamwork in Nakamtenga and our international partners.
+46 735 176 200

The Women's Association in Nakamtenga

Initiated our very first action, the preschool, and many more to come!
Contact person is Pauline Conde
+22 676 389 902

Joseph Ilboudou

Founder of The Nongtaaba-movement in the area of Nakamtenga, from early 1980s, that developed into Yennenga Progress

Lennart Karlsson

Development worker over 40 years in Africa, most of it in Burkina Faso, living and working permanently in the village Nakamtenga.
+22 660 522 585

Eva Karlsson

Pedagogical creator and mentor in all Yennengas activities from the very start in 2001, lived in the village working with the Women's Association, till her death 2016.


What happens once I join the Partnership Network?

Once you become a member of the Yennenga Progress network of competences, you will be kept up to date with newsletters and social media about all the activities that are going on, and what we need to take the next step, as well as being invited to events and happenings.

How is Yennenga Progress tied to the Global Goals?

Yennenga Progress is linked to the global goals to the extent that our way of working since we were founded is based on working with all welfare functions at the same place at the same time. The Global Goals were a welcome illustration to clarify how we work for our members and followers.

How can my company get involved?

Yennenga Progress seeks collaboration with companies that, with their specialization and value base, can contribute to further developing sustainable solutions to reach the Global Goals.