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Rakiéta Ouédraogo lives in Ouagadougou, the capital of Burkina Faso, in the poor neighbourhood of Bouassa where she sells fruit and peanuts. At 23 years old, she is married and the mother of two children. Coming from a very large family of 8 children, she wants to start a sibling group of 3 or 4 at the most. Her activity as a shopkeeper, which she practises in front of her door when she has finished taking care of her home, allows her today to participate in the household income, to clothe the children, feed them, take care of them. She would also like to succeed in saving to finance a training course in pharmacy sales. But with a very large family, this balance would surely be called into question because of the lack of time to carry out her activity.
In order to get advice on sexual and reproductive health issues and to choose the contraceptive method that suits her best, she consults a health professional who works as a “Community MS Lady” for the Marie Stopes International association. These “MS Ladies” are midwives, nurses or health auxiliaries. In addition to their general care activities, they work with Marie Stopes International who trains them in family planning.