The impact of the coronavirus pandemic on women is dramatically increasing in Burkina Faso. But as poverty is rising, Compassion's church partners are standing together as one to mitigate the effects of the pandemic on the most vulnerable.
Beatrice is one of the brave caregivers that Compassion has come alongside. She was blessed a while back through the Compassion center in Ziniare where her 11-year-old son, Ezechiel, is registered. Through the support of Compassion and Ziniare’s sponsor, Beatrice was able to start a business.
“I am blessed that the center supported me to train to weave local fabric. They gave me not only the knowledge but also the weaving equipment,” she says. “My life is changed considerably because I can now contribute to the expenses of my family.”
Then, when Beatrice was carrying her fourth pregnancy, the first cases of the pandemic were reported in her country. The economic effect was severe.
“Before coronavirus, I could earn US $89 per month from weaving and selling local fabric. When the pandemic hit the country and led to all the restrictions, I lost 80% of my income. My husband couldn’t do his construction work to win our daily bread and we had to adjust our expenses so the kids can be served at least one meal per day,” she says.
Lifesaving support came from the child development center as another blessing to Beatrice and her family. During the pandemic, the center continuously provided for their needs.
“I was amazed that the center continued to give us rice, oil, soap and cash transfers to keep us from starvation,” she says.
Beatrice is grateful that the center prepared her to be more resilient when faced with crises like the pandemic. She says, “I cannot tell how my life would be if I was not trained to weave traditional clothes. I thank God that through weaving, my family is more sustainable and safer from many issues.”