Our policy is to provide equitable access to entrepreneurship opportunities for all African youth, and particularly women. Based on UN SDGs 4 and 8, our policy promotes development and supports productive activities, decent job creation, creativity and innovation, and encourages the formalization and growth of micro-, small- and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs), including through access to financial services, substantially increasing the number of youth and adults who have relevant skills, including technical and vocational skills, for employment and decent jobs and business creation.
The BO Foundation strongly encourages woman entrepreneurship, and we are dedicated to empowering African women and innovators by supporting local STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) programs, and programs focused on women entrepreneurs and innovators. When we asked the citizenry last year to organize, and help us clean their cities through the Beautiful Burkina initiative, groups of displaced women began organizing and founding their own programs to continue what we started. This has opened new doors and opportunities. This year, with the help of one of our NGO partners, we hope to build on these organizations of women, and get them training on organized trash pickups, and trash pickup companies, as well as training them on plastic recycling and repurposing. While this also benefits our Water and Environmental Program, we also hope to help different groups of women start their own water bagging/bottling companies which will use containers manufactured by the plastic recycling/repurposing companies we help create.