Supporting women's leadership
Ranked by the UNDP 181 out of 187 in terms of human development indicators (HDI), Burkina Faso is one of the poorest countries in the world. Pillars of society, women represent 52% of the total population and play a key role in the economic and social life of their country.
The L'OCCITANE company works with women producing shea butter in Burkina Faso since the 1980s with an objective of co-development. In 2006, the L'OCCITANE Foundation has chosen to build on this partnership with the women of this country by focusing its activities on supporting women's entrepreneurship, which is today the most appropriate way for their empowerment and economic emancipation.
Through its actions, the Foundation acts on three pillars. It supports the acquisition of basic skills and knowledge by supporting literacy programs; it provides financial and technical support thanks to microcredit programs and trainings for the development of income-generating activities; and it promotes entrepreneurial actions and allows scaling up with support for the creation and development of small businesses.
Since its creation in 2006, over 15,000 women have received a support in developing and strengthening their business.
In 2014, the Foundation decided to extend its operating field and engaged new actions for women’s leadership on the French territory, with a focus on Provence.