The LOCCITANE pour Elles programme is the result of the restructuring and lessons learned from female entrepreurship projects previously supported in Burkina Faso by L’OCCITANE through its Foundation and its employees. The first edition of L’OCCITANE pour Elles supported 9 businesses run by women. 5 of them were supported through interest-free credit and financial management advisory support. The 4 others selected thanks to the competition received more complete and personalized support reserved to the competition winners.
This program has had a positive impact on the companies supported but also on their communities. As an example, we can quote the rise in the skills of women entrepreneurs and their employees, the improvement of production and the quality of the products/services offered and the increase in turnover, which for some companies may go as far as double compared to the turnover at the start of the programme. At the community level, the main impact factors were the creation of jobs and the structuring of the supply of raw materials*.
Source: external evaluation of the programme, March 2019