According to UNESCO1, the adult literacy rate in Burkina Faso is 34.6%. The vast majority of the country cannot read or write. As for women, only 26.2% are literate, or one woman in four. This is in spite of the fact that literacy is vital to the emancipation of women, who make up 51% of the population. Literate women in Burkina Faso play a role in the economic development actors of their country by fighting against family poverty.



Supported project

The L'OCCITANE Foundation supports the women's literacy project organised by Aide et Action International. This project contributes to building, renovating and leading literacy centres. There women will be able to learn to read and write following the REFLECT method. This an approach to learning and social change which is based upon discussions about topics which are important in daily life. This project will also allow for the training of teachers, skills development for local associations, as well as support and awareness raising for local women's literacy and empowerment authorities in Burkina Faso. In addition, the Foundation supports the development of collective income-generating activities which allow literacy centres to operate independently in the long term. 

Some figures

Through this project, literate women will be able to fully enjoy their rights to read, write and perform arithmetic, which serve as cornerstones for their emancipation.

2019 budget 35 579 euros


Project supported since 2009

Total budget 961 846 euros

Total goal 1 500 beneficiaries

Literacy for rural women in Burkina Faso has been supported by the L'OCCITANE Foundation in collaboration with Aide et Action International for 10 years. These years of collaboration have made it possible to build, equip and operate more than 30 literacy centres. More than 1 500 women are now able to read, write and, above all, keep up with the development of their income-generating activities (IGAs) thanks to this project. Today, the challenge of the literacy project is establishing a strategy so that centres can self-finance to the benefit of their communities. 

"The L'OCCITANE Foundation is an organisation that has enabled us to really improve our lives (...) thanks to the literacy project that I was a part of, I was able to improve my knowledge using my native language.  That helps to strengthen my position within the community."

DIASSO Diaharatou President of the Nununa federation