Satonévri is a small village in the southern part of Burkina Faso. The 3000 inhabitants, among them about 1000 children, are living almost exclusively from farming.The fertile farmland in the region of the (wet) savannah makes it possible for the inhabitants to meet their basic needs of millets, corn and beans.
Satonévri has been a twin city of Viernheim since 1994. The twin city organization FOCUS e.V. has been trying to improve the situation of the people there for more than ten years.
Satonévri is about 140 km from the capital Ouagadougou (pronounced Vugudewgew). On the way to Satonévri the roads, littered with potholes, quickly change into
sandy earth roads, then into dirt tracks, which makes it hard even for off-road vehicles to drive on.
Three ethnic groups are living in Satonévri, the Gurunsi ( roughly translated into the wild ones), the Mossi, the largest group in Burkina Faso, and the largest nomadic tribe in the world, the Peulh ( roughly translated the rascals). Since the official language French is only spoken by some parts of the inhabitants, communication between the different ethnic groups is often possible by sign language only.