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

A Positive Voice

Apr 1 2021 • 23 mins

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 on a daily basis. 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 5 years. However,  they face a financial challenge. To grow the school and allow for children to continue at Malaika’s Garden after 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 programme dedicated to the inclusive, digital and sustainable economic growth in 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 batch of entrepreneurs. It has provided €540,000 in funding, with 72 workshops and 101 contributions to sustainable development goals in 2019 alone.