The Bande family lives in Burkina Faso. Idrissa is 35 years old and is a goat trader. His 32-year-old wife Abzeta works occasionally as a milkmaid and they live with their 4 children. They own and live in a 1-bedroom house that has been their residence for 2 years. Their plan is to buy a goat and their dream is to one day be able to buy some cows.
The Bande family lives in Burkina Faso. Idrissa, the 35-year-old father, is a goat trader. His 32-year-old wife Abzeta works as a milkmaid occasionally. They have 4 children. The eldest 13-year-old son, Amidou, herds the goats. The rest of their children study at the local rural school. Together they spend around 130 hours/week at their jobs. The Bande family lives in a small hut-type house built with the help of friends and relatives. They have been living here for the past 2 years. It has only one room, which serves as a bedroom for 6 people. The house has no electricity, running water, or toilet facility. The kitchen and toilet are outdoors. The family owns agricultural land on which Idrissa works for about 35 hours every week. The family spends nearly 80% of their income on buying food items. They cook their food in their outdoor kitchen. For cooking, the kitchen stove is lit by wood, straw, animal dung, shrubs or grass. The nearest well for drinking water is a 2-hour walk away, and the water there isn't safe for drinking. Even this unsafe water costs them up to 10% of their income. Abzeta is in charge of collecting water and firewood. She spends nearly 40 hours every week on this activity. Nearly all of the income of Bande family is spent on food and there isn't any money left to save. The next big thing they are planning to buy is more goats for their trading business. They dream that one day they will be able to afford some cows.