The seeds of FarmSahel were planted in 2018, when Founding Director Madjalia Seynou visited a farm in Pennsylvania’s Amish Country. Growing up in Fara, a typical village in the southwestern part of Burkina Faso, Madjalia has witnessed the struggles rural women go through to take care of their families.
Humbled by the generous support of nonprofits towards underserved communities like the one she grew up in, Madjalia wanted to be part of the mission and decided to focus her career building FarmSahel and empowering rural women.
FarmSahel was founded in 2019 to empower women farmers to farm smart and big. To do so, FarmSahel provides women with seed fertilizer and training and collects used farm equipment from American farmers that it donates to women farmers of Burkina Faso.
In Burkina Faso, FarmSahel partners with 31 villages in Binde District.
To meet the growing needs of supporting its relationships and programs, FarmSahel itself has had to grow as an organization.
Today the board has 6 trustees with active committees, including Donor relations, Finance, Supply Chain, Agribusiness, and Global Operation.
The goal is now to bring in full time administrative and program personnel to help FarmSahel achieve its mission.