L’OCCITANE Employees Get Behind the Women of Burkina Faso

Since 2008, two associations created by L'OCCITANE employees have committed to supporting female entrepreneurship in Burkina Faso. The programs “Nord et Sud” and “Projets de Femmes” have allowed, once again this year, many local women to develop their own business.
By Angélique Jurquet

Nearly 4,000 kilometers from Provence as the crow flies, L'OCCITANE employees support the women of Burkina Faso. This fine act of solidarity came into existence in 2008 in the form of two separate associations, both working towards the same goal, that of allowing the women of Burkina Faso to develop profitable businesses and thus to become more independent.

This year, 662 women were trained by eight L'OCCITANE employees, members of the “Nord et Sud” association, who for the last five years have been creating a chain of knowledge. The employees of the Provençal brand learn how to make shea butter soaps, and then pass on their knowledge to these African women (2,300 since 2008!). The local women then have the possibility of making cosmetic products for themselves or of selling them at markets.

As for “Projets de Femmes,” it works together with “Faa I Tuora,” an association from Dissin, a city located in the south of the country, that provides women the means to develop their commercial activity. Building five grain mills, the creation of a hundred pig farms; in all 3,600 women from Burkina Faso have benefited from support this year, thanks to the mobilization of L'OCCITANE employees from France, the United Kingdom and the United States.

L’OCCITANE Employees Get Behind the Women of Burkina Faso
L’OCCITANE Employees Get Behind the Women of Burkina Faso
Since 2008, two associations created by L'OCCITANE employees have committed to supporting female entrepreneurship in Burkina Faso.
Photography : DR L'OCCITANE
L’OCCITANE Employees Get Behind the Women of Burkina Faso
L’OCCITANE Employees Get Behind the Women of Burkina Faso
This year, 662 women were trained by eight L'OCCITANE employees, members of the “Nord et Sud” association, who for the last five years have been creating a chain of knowledge.
Photography : DR L'OCCITANE

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