Down a dusty road, pass a lot of unfinished houses, 12 kms east of Ouagadougou, lies a small village called Saaba, and next to it you find Kologh-Naba. Founded by Else Traerup – a Danish nurse – in 2001, it is a non-profit organisation based on improving the living conditions for the people in the area through training: sewing, weaving, soap making, carpentry, masonry and gardening.
And in Kologh-Naba you also find the best table in the area. They are running a restaurant where you are served delicious, freshly made food which you can enjoy in the shade of the special constructions, that create coolness and a wind, even on the hottest days. Or you can come at night and dine al-fresco under the stars.
For lunch today we were served a delicious homemade gazpacho – nice and cool – for starter, meatballs with steamed vegetables for the main and pancakes for dessert. All freshly made by miss Zalissa Liboudou and served with a smile.
Prices are modest – about 25 euros for two adults and a child.
And after lunch – or dinner – you can visit the shop and buy the products they produce in Kologh-Naba. Personally I find their woven textiles both beautiful and of very good quality. Also their soaps – made from the local karité nut (shea nut) – are very popular.
If you want to read more about this very interesting place and perhaps support the efforts of Else and her colleagues read more at http://www.kologh-naba.org