Ousseny Zalifa Georgette

Rural Commune of Sadjoavato

Mrs Zalifa, 57, an early beneficiary of the German Development Agency’s village reforestation initiatives in the 1990s, has gone from being an energy wood entrepreneur to an influential local leader. From Fokontany chief to mayor, she defends transparent governance, environmental protection and secure land rights. A fervent advocate of gender equality, she empowers women in decision-making and economic projects. Her story is one of personal growth and community development, highlighting the profound impact of determination, vision and sustainable values.