Counseling center for women
P.P.Filles supports socially challenged women and girls, offering them counsel and material assistance. The broad scope of the center's activities ranges from sexual education on contraception, HIV-AIDS, and female genital mutilation, over counseling for abused women, to Microcredits for groups of women who want to set up their own small business.
Counseling, Discussion groups and the AMPO Network
P.P. Filles organizes discussion groups – providing women with a safe environment to open up about their problems.
P.P. Filles works closely with the other A.M.P.O. institutions, so we can provide additional resources and help to women who have been abused, are homeless, or face financial or health problems. Through this tide-knight AMPO Network it is possible that homeless girls seeking counseling at P.P.Filles can eventually be placed at MIA-ALMA and undernourished babies are given a chance of survival through the LINDA Project.
Mobile - promoting women's rights
Thanks to the CinéMobile P.P. Filles has the means to spread information on the rights of women and girls in the more remote areas of the country. The CinéMobile is a cinema on wheels - it has its own generator, so it is able to organize screenings even in places without electricity. Each year a different region in Burkina Faso is selected for the awareness projects of the mobile cinema. With packed audiences the film is followed by a round of discussion. Of course men are also welcome to attend these events, because the effective implementation of the rights of women and girls can only be possible with the inclusion of men. Explaining their rights to women can only help to a limited extent as long as they are financially dependent on their husbands.
One of the most successful projects at P.P. Filles are the microcredits for women. To receive a microcredit women form small groups of 5-10 people and of which all members are jointly responsible for the credit line. The credit amount is small, starting from $40 up to a maximum of $80 at an interest rate of 5 %. Such sums may appear to be insignificant but in Burkina Faso it is enough to help women set up their own small business. Those business include street food vending (selling cooked rice), hairdressing or fabric trading. Microcedits thus provide the opportunity for women to be financially independent and/ or provide extra income for their families. Every year AMPO is able to grant microcredits to as many as 500 women with a payback rate of a remarkable 98 %!