Women, although representing 52% of the Burkinabe population, own only 8.8% of formal businesses. They are more active in the informal sector where they occupy more than 60% of production activities. Their low level of education and training, household management, problems of work-life balance and understanding in the household can result in constraints that weigh on the effort to achieve sustainable economic empowerment of women in the country. In addition, employers, especially those in the private sector, are reluctant to employ women because of their low level of education and training as well as the social roles they are assigned, such as domestic work, childcare and education.
In addition to these data, there is the extreme poverty of the population (more than 40% of the population lives below the poverty line set at less than 235€/adult/year), the effects of climate change in a country where the economy is based mainly on agriculture and livestock which employ nearly 86% of the population and the humanitarian crisis currently raging in the country. This reinforces the observation that women are marginalized (the most affected in crisis situations), particularly in rural areas, and also reveals a strong demand for access to support mechanisms to help them find decent work or develop income-generating activities (IGAs) with greater added value for themselves and their communities.