Madi Ouédraogo

Dofinta Ymien

Abdoulaye Teguera

Aboudoul Razak Kinda


Madi Ouédraogo

Residence/Home Town: Yamané, Pâ District, Burkina Faso
Objective: Learn a job as a solar energy technician to support himself and make his life better.
Last Known Status: Began solar energy internship in his village of Yamané on October 1st 2018.

Madi joined TSO in August of 2018 at the age of twenty-seven. He comes from a large family with nine children (including himself). In 2008, he completed the 6th grade at the departmental high school at Pâ but, because his family lives in extreme poverty, was not able to continue his education (no money to pay for school fees).

Madi works as an agricultural labourer in the winter season and pans for artisanal gold in the dry season – a dangerous job that exposes workers to contagious diseases and the risk of landslides, often with very little monetary gain.

“An artisanal miner or small-scale miner is, in effect, a subsistence miner. They are not officially employed by a mining company, but rather work independently, mining or panning for gold using their own resources.” (Wikipedia, Artisanal mining,” accessed July 13, 2016)

On October 1, 2018, Madi began his internship with Ouagadougou-based La Source Nouvelle to be trained as a professional solar energy technician. When his training is complete, he will be responsible for helping the village of Yamané maintain the solar equipment to ensure the sustainability of the project.

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Dofinta Ymien

Residence/Home Town: Voho, Pâ District, Burkina Faso
Objective: Learn the solar energy technician profession to accomplish a happy life in his community.
Last Known Status: Began solar energy internship in his village of Voho on October 1st 2018.

Dofinta joined TSO in August of 2018 at the age of twenty-four. He completed primary school in 2007 but, unfortunately, was forced to abandon further education because of his family’s inability to pay for school fees. Poverty has made living conditions very difficult for his family.

To contribute to his large family (seven siblings), Dofinta farms in the winter season, cultivation cotton. In the dry season, he helps his father doing small domestic work.

On October 1, 2018, Dofinata began his internship with Ouagadougou-based La Source Nouvelle to be trained as a professional solar energy technician. When his training is complete, he will be responsible for helping the village of Voho maintain the solar equipment to ensure the sustainability of the project.

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Abdoulaye Teguera

Residence/Home Town: Pâ, Burkina Faso
Objective: Be trained as a solar energy professional and obtain employment in that field.
Last Known Status: Started internship with a local solar energy company in November of 2017

Abdoulaye joined TSO in October 2017 at the age of eighteen. He comes from a poor family of seven children. His father is a butcher who owns a meat shop near the Pâ bus station and his mother stays at home taking care of their children. Revenues from the meat shop dropped dramatically in the past few years when the bus station lapsed into a state of disrepair and was no longer a crossroads for travelers; the decrease in traffic resulted in the closure of most of the retail businesses at the station.

Abdoulaye obtained his primary school certificate but was forced to withdraw from middle school (in grade 6) due to a lack of family resources. Needing to help his large family economically, and with few employment options, Abdoulaye began work as an artisanal gold miner. “An artisanal miner or small-scale miner is, in effect, a subsistence miner. They are not officially employed by a mining company, but rather work independently, mining or panning for gold using their own resources.” (Wikipedia, Artisanal mining,” accessed July 13, 2016) Artisanal gold mining is dangerous, exposing workers to contagious diseases and the risk of landslides. Abdoulaye efforts very often resulted in fruitless searches and, subsequently, a meager income. Since gold mining was risky and provided no substantial gain, Abdoulaye returned to help his father at the meat shop.

In November of 2017, Abdoulaye began his internship with Ouagadougou-based La Source Nouvelle to be trained as a professional solar energy technician.

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Aboudoul Razak Kinda

Residence/Home Town: Pâ, Burkina Faso
Objective: Be trained as a solar energy professional and obtain employment in that field.
Last Known Status: Started internship with a local solar energy company in April of 2018

Aboudoul joined TSO in March 2018 at the age of eighteen. He was born in Abobo, Ivory Coast and moved to Pâ, Burkina Faso at the age of twelve with his mother and four siblings. He comes from a poor family of ten children (from three mothers). His other siblings remain in Abidjan, Ivory Coast with their father and mothers.

Aboudoul mother has difficulty raising her children on her own and grows corn and other foods to feed them. His father, an engine mechanic, sends money to his family in Burkina Faso according to his means and spends a few months each year with the family.

Aboudoul completed primary school in Abobo, Ivory Coast and attended high school in Pâ from 2011 to 2017. Unfortunately, he was forced to leave school because his family could not afford to pay his school fees.

In April of 2018, Aboudoul began his internship with Ouagadougou-based La Source Nouvelle to be trained as a professional solar energy technician. When his training is complete, he will be responsible for helping the village of Kopoï maintain the solar equipment to ensure the sustainability of the project.

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