According to UNESCO1, the adult literacy rate in Burkina Faso is 34.6%, Most of the country’s population cannot read or write. For women, only 26.2% are literate, or 1 in 5 women. Literacy is a key component of women’s empowerment, accounting for 52% of the total population. Literate women in Burkina Faso are actors in their country’s economic development by fighting family poverty.



Supported project

Since 2010, the Foundation has been working with the NGO Aide et Action, which supervises and monitors the construction and operation of literacy centerswith 9 local associations (AMD, UGPPK, UGF / CDN, YERETA, RAGUSSI, LAGME YENSGO, WEND MANEGDA, WEMOUKIGA, TEE WENG).

400 women per year learn to read and write using the REFLECT method, an approach to learning and social change based on discussions about important topics of everyday life. 

In rural Burkina Faso, poverty often has a female face. To help reduce the vulnerability of women, the consortium of NGOs (Aide et Action International, SOS Sahel International and Association Inter Instituts "Together and With" AsIEnA) elaborated the project "Micro finance - Literacy and market gardening" in close collaboration with the L'OCCITANE Foundation on a pilot village in the commune of Koundougou (Hauts Bassins region, south-west Burkina Faso).

This project, besides meeting the needs of women, was designed to be innovative in its form and to propose a new local development model. The Consortium was inspired by a project led by the United Nations, called Millenium Village. The idea of ​​these millennium villages is to propose a global development, working on all the components necessary to the improvement of the living conditions of the population.

The objectives of this project are:
- Improving the coverage of educational needs by teaching women how to read, write and count;
- Support for the creation and management of income-generating activities;
- Support for agricultural entrepreneurship with training;
- The development of eco-citizen behaviors among the beneficiary population.

Some figures

Through this project, literate women will be able to fully enjoy their rights to reading, writing and numeracy, which are basic elements for their emancipation.

2019 budget 54 272 euros


Project supported since 2009

Total budget 961 846 euros

Total goal 1 500 beneficiaries

The literacy of rural women in Burkina Faso has been supported by the L'OCCITANE Foundation in collaboration with Aide et Action internationale for 10 years. These years of collaboration have enabled more than 30 literacy centres to be built, equipped and operated. More than 1,000 women are able to read, write and, above all, follow the evolution of their income-generating activities through this project. Today, the challenge of the literacy project is to be able to implement a strategy to self-finance the centres for the benefit of the communities.