Meet the Welding Team


Souleymane Sawadogo is the Welding Workshop’s manager. He joined the Welding Workshop in February 2008 because he was  curious and wanted to learn more and help people. Beforehand,  Souleymane worked for the UN, sold mobile phones and worked at a plastic company. In his spare time, he breeds animals and has an  interest in astronomy.  



Jacques Ouedraogo is the workshop foreman. He’s worked at the Welding Workshop since 2008. 



Joseph Tiendrebeogo is 28, and has worked at the Welding Workshop since it opened when he was 16. During that time, he has seen the workshop grow and change. He is the principal welder.  



Andre Jango works the ‘contreuse’ machine which shapes the metal for wheelchairs according to the dimensions for each user. He has worked at the Welding Workshop, where he learnt his trade, since 2005. 



 Sylvain Atiana is one of two apprentices at the Welding Workshop. He is currently learning the basics and will then work his way up. Before coming to the workshop, he worked in a Kiosk, and he heard about the opportunity at the welding workshop through HSB’s Wheelchair Basketball team, of which he is a member.  



Derdem Assina has been an apprentice for eight months. It will take a total of two years to learn the trade. He is 30 years old, and was a mechanic before he came to the Welding Workshop.  



Raymond Guigma is 27. He’s worked at the Welding Workshop for three years and was a mechanic beforehand. His main role is to reshape the metals and join pieces together.