The Nuru model in Burkina Faso

Established in 2022 Nuru Burkina Faso implements interventions in the South Central and Central Plateau Regions of Burkina Faso with five primary activities for farmer agribusinesses and households. Locally Led Nuru Burkina Faso works with farmers in the South Central and the Central Plateau Regions to end extreme poverty and build resilient communities. We are a 100% locally-led organization with locally-designed solutions built for driving long-term positive impact for our farmers.

Model Highlights

  • Community-Based Market Systems

    Over a period of five to seven years, Nuru Burkina Faso works together with local agribusiness leaders to strengthen their entrepreneurship. Nuru Burkina Faso equips agribusinesses to provide farmers with opportunities to improve their livelihoods and supports the establishment of reliable market linkages for crops and animal husbandry.

  • Inclusive Livelihoods

    Nuru Burkina Faso supports farmers to increase their incomes and build sustainable and profitable farmer agribusinesses. Nuru Burkina Faso links farmers to regional markets and beyond to increase their profitability.

  • Cultivating Resilience

    Nuru Burkina Faso strengthens communities, local governments, and the private sector in the face of conflict, climate change, and extreme poverty.

  • What Makes Us Unique?

    Nuru Burkina Faso, using women as an entry point, equips farmers to adopt climate-smart and nutrition-sensitive agriculture. Nuru Burkina Faso is building the resilience of farmers and their agribusinesses by supporting the appropriate delivery and use of weather information, digitizing financial inclusion through agribusinesses, and strengthening agribusiness crop commercialization.

Identify Communities
Identify Communities
Recruit Local Leaders
Recruit Local Leaders
Support Agribusiness Development
Support Agribusiness Development
Farmers Benefit from Entrepreneurship
Farmers Benefit from Entrepreneurship
Agribusinesses are Profitable and Professional
Agribusinesses are Profitable and Professional
Replicate and Scale in New Communities
Replicate and Scale in New Communities


Nuru Burkina Faso uses a variety of tools and third-party evaluation to assess its impact on farmers and communities.

15k+ People Reached

Nuru Burkina Faso has been equipping farmers to lift themselves and their families out of extreme poverty since 2022.

20 Agribusinesses Supported

Nuru Burkina Faso builds the capacities of agribusinesses to support their long-term sustainability and contributions to local food systems and economies.

Increase in Income Data Coming in 2025

Farmers are better equipped to cope with shocks as they diversify livelihoods and increase their incomes.

80% of Farmers Are Women

Women are disproportionately impacted by global injustices, and their inclusion in development produces remarkably positive outcomes. Nuru Burkina Faso invests in women to positively change communities.

Our Team

We are a 100% Burkinabè organization working to improve the lives and livelihoods of our fellow Burkinabè people in some of the most marginalized communities in our country.

Strategic Leadership Team

Angélique Cooperative Development Manager Angélique serves as Cooperative Development Manager for Nuru Burkina. Angélique holds a Master's in Marketing and Communications. She is passionate about nature and locally sourced products from Burkina Faso. Before working at Nuru, she supported rural organizations transforming local agricultural products.
Joseph Agricultural Development Manager Joseph is the Agribusiness Development Manager at Nuru Burkina. He believes that fighting against poverty and improving living conditions in Burkina Faso requires supporting the population living in rural areas. He built businesses around providing potable water and organic fertilizers to underserved populations in rural Burkina.
Aïssetou Executive Director Aïssétou has over 20 years of field experience in sociological research, business marketing, development, and community mobilization. With 6 years' experience in grants and program management; prior to NBF, she worked with ISDAO on human rights issues, working with community-based organizations. She holds a degree in sociology from University of Ouagadougou.


Adou Cooperative Development Assistant
Dina Human Resources Senior Associate
Ignace Security Manager
Kula Administration and Finance Manager
Souleymane MEL Manager
Waldja Procurement Associate

Funders and Partners

Nuru Burkina Faso is proud to be supported by and a member of a system of change-makers supporting the South Central and Central Plateau Regions of Burkina Faso.
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  • Why is your organization named Nuru? What does that mean?

    Nuru is a Kiswahili word meaning light or hope. As an organization, we aim to inspire hope in marginalized communities that experience systemic injustices and the compounding issues of instability and poverty. To learn more about our approach, click here.

  • What are market linkages?

    In its simplest form, a market linkage is the formal or informal relationship between a buyer and a seller of a good or service. In Nuru’s work, this relationship is between cooperative agribusinesses and private-sector consumer-facing companies or traders. Nuru local organizations act as facilitators and mediators, helping to develop trust and efficiencies between buyers and sellers that do not currently exist and that lead to stable business partnerships and, eventually, contracts.

  • How does Nuru work with women? Does Nuru work exclusively with women?

    Nuru adheres to the gender minimum standards across interventions. Nuru organizations work through a women-first approach, and encourage women’s participation in leadership and decision-making roles in their communities. Nuru recognizes the importance of inclusivity in its approach, advocating that sustainable progress towards equality necessitates the active involvement of men, women, and youth in interventions. Learn more here.

  • What does climate change adaptation mean?

    Climate change adaptation is the action of adjusting our behaviors, systems, and ways of life to the present and future impacts of climate change. Adaptation is focused on reducing the risks associated with harmful climate-related events and, where applicable, utilizing any potential opportunities, like longer growing seasons. Learn more here.

  • What is resilience?

    Resilience is the capacity of a system or person to withstand or recover quickly from a shock or stressors. Especially while working in vulnerable and marginalized communities, Nuru cannot unlock economic potential without building resilience to shocks and stressors experienced by the local community. Much of the resilience is context-specific to the areas in which Nuru works. For instance, while one community may be primarily concerned with instability due to violence, another area may experience relative peace, but widespread drought. Communities often experience a combination of many different stressors all at once. To learn more about how Nuru measures its impact on resilience capacities, please see the Nuru Nigeria Resilience Study.

  • What is economic potential?

    By ensuring rural people have the opportunity to act on their knowledge, skills and abilities, Nuru supports their journey in achieving their unique economic potential. Economic potential is the capacity to produce goods and services. As an entrepreneurship-promoting organization, Nuru promotes the perspective that financial gains must be bounded by environmental, social and economic responsibility. Nuru believes in an optimistic world where human ingenuity and collaboration contribute to shared prosperity. Nuru works to provide an enabling environment, through business development services and training that remove barriers for youth, women and marginalized populations, equipping them to tap into their vast economic potential.

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