Episode 03: Fanta Mone and Malaika’s Garden redefine happiness in education for mothers and children in Burkina Faso

Fanta Mone founded Malaika’s Garden schools in 2015. She is, first and foremost, a mother. Always smiling, she is very attentive to the needs of the children she welcomes daily. Fanta is a passionate entrepreneur who is constantly looking for solutions to ensure a suitable and quality education for many children. She wants to support parents in making the new generations “grow and shine.”

She joins us today with a fellow mother and English teacher at the school, Mrs. Traore, to help translate this conversation in real-time.

The two shed light on how the school has grown from 0 to 38 employees and from 0 to 500 students in just five years. However, they face a financial challenge. To develop the school and allow children to continue at Malaika’s Garden after the primary, they must obtain access to microfinance loans; otherwise, it will threaten their progress.

Fanta Mone founded the organization in 2015 and participated in the 2020 round of the AFIDBA, a multidisciplinary, multi-stakeholder, international, and bilingual program dedicated to the inclusive, digital, and sustainable economic growth of continental Africa in partnership with Positive Planet International.

In two years, AFIDBA has accelerated 60 startups, from 4 countries, in 6-month programs for each entrepreneur batch. It has provided €540,000 in funding, with 72 workshops and 101 contributions to sustainable development goals in 2019 alone.


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