Third of the population living below the poverty level
The Burkina Faso is a West Africa country of 16 million people mainly rural people. it's among the poorest country in the wolrd with the third of the population who live below of the proverty level (1.90 $ a day) with a PPP GDP in 2016 of 1 720 $ per capita, against 54 629 $ for United States.
The Kou is a little stream in south-west of the country at twenty five kilometers of Bobo Dioulasso.
The Kou valley
The rice granary of Burkina Faso
This valley has been organized in '70s by the chinese foreign aid service, who had transformed a large lowland of 2 470 acres in irrigate land to farm rice.
At that time, the hundred families people who living in Bama are not enought to farm the entire land, the Upper Volta administration (now Burkina Faso) organized a migration campagne to cultivate rice. New arrivals build six village with mudbrick house and corrugated iron roof.
A fishermen village
Due of his remoteness, the village people organized themselves to face difficulties.
This families have established in the '70s near a natural pond around 250 acres, fishing and farming living.
For some years now, the fish become more and more dangerous because of hippo overpopulation wich cause accident. A fisherman was kill by one hippo in 2014.
Two local association have existed for '90s. Fishermen association, « Koba » (big pond in Dioula).
Women who buy husband fish to smoked or dried and sold them in town are also oragnize in association, « Mouniou » (mutual aid in Dioula).