Alimata Family BY: Michelle Menor

For this project I am focusing on the Alimata family. I hope to educate you about the family and the country they live in. The Alimata family lives in the centre region of Burkina Faso, Sub-Saharan Africa. The father Guebre is 35 years old and his occupation is selling clothes. The mother Yoni is 22 years old and her occupation is selling bread. They live with their two children, Abdoulage who is 6 and Rahinatou who is 3 years old.


The employment rate of 15 years old and older in Burkina Faso is 80.7%. Together Guebre and Yoni work around 103 hours per week, they make around 52,920 West African CFA Francs per month which is around $95 USD ($124.38 CAD). The family nearly uses all their income on food therefor the family doesn't save their money. The next thing they are planning to buy is clothes. They hope that some day they will fulfil their dream of buying a motorcycle. In Burkina Faso the average income per person is $1 654.


Alimata Home

Many people who live in Burkina Faso live in round huts with conical straw roofs or rectangular huts with flat roofs. Most houses are built with mud bricks or plaster whereas other houses are built with cement blocks. The Alimata family lives in a single room home that was built themselves. It looks like their home is built out of cement and the roof looks to be built out of a metal roof sheet with medium sized rocks placed on top. They have been living in the single room home for the past 9 years. The house has no electricity or a toilet.

Front of the home


Burkina Faso's staple foods are sorghum, millet, rice, maize, nuts, potatoes and yams. The most commonly eaten grains are rice, maize and millet. Grilled meat is common too mostly mutton, goat, beef and fish. To fuel their stove the Alimata family uses charcoal and wood. Guebre and Yoni spend around 3 1/2 hours per week to collect water from a nearby source. 82.3% of the Burkina Faso population has the access to water. From 1990-2015 the rate to access water has tremendously increased.


When it comes to oral health the Alimata family is in the clear because their teeth aren't rotted, yellow or chipped. On the hand of one of the Alimata family members it looks like the pinky finger is slightly bent from a past injury or they might have been born with it. The hand palm looks to be clear from any cuts or bruises. On the back of the hand it looks like there is a minor cut that is healing. Presumingly it looks like there are spots on Rahinatou which look a lot like mosquito bites. There looks to be about 2, 061, 000 reported cases of malaria in Burkina Faso.

There are 4 hospitals in Ouagadougou

  • Association Internationale De Sante
  • Centre Medico Social Francais - Centre Medical International
  • Opticien Luno
  • Polyclinique Notre Dame de la Paix

Top 10 causes of death in Burkina faso

  1. Lower Respiratory Infections 14%
  2. Malaria 10%
  3. Diarrheal disease 6%
  4. Stroke 6%
  5. Preterm birth complication 4%
  6. Ischaemic heart disease 4%
  7. Meningitis 4%
  8. Birth asphyxia and birth trauma 4%
  9. Road injury 3%
  10. HIV/AIDS 3%


The percentage of children in full time school and the literacy rates in Burkina Faso are one of the lowest in the world. The enrollment rate at the primary level increased from 57% to 87% in 2014. 32% of the primary school aged children in Burkina Faso aren't enrolled to school. The primary completion rate in Burkina Faso is 60.532% (2014). The access to secondary education has also improved from 20% enrollment to 39.7% in 2013-2014. The adult literacy rate (2008-2012) is 28.7%.

Take a peek at the Alimatas lifestyle

Most loved item
Sitting Area
Most loved toy

I hope I educated you enough about the Alimatas lifestyle and also Burkina Faso, Sub-Saharan lifestyle.

Created By
Michelle Rose Menor


Created with images by Jeff Attaway - "small rain" • jarmoluk - "old books book old"

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