Women, although representing 52% of the Burkinabe population, own only 8.8% of formal businesses. They are more active in the informal sector where they occupy more than 60% of production activities. Their low level of education and training, household management, problems of work-life balance and understanding in the household can result in constraints that weigh on the effort to achieve sustainable economic empowerment of women in the country. In addition, employers, especially those in the private sector, are reluctant to employ women because of their low level of education and training as well as the social roles they are assigned, such as domestic work, childcare and education.

In addition to these data, there is the extreme poverty of the population (more than 40% of the population lives below the poverty line set at less than 235€/adult/year), the effects of climate change in a country where the economy is based mainly on agriculture and livestock which employ nearly 86% of the population and the humanitarian crisis currently raging in the country. This reinforces the observation that women are marginalized (the most affected in crisis situations), particularly in rural areas, and also reveals a strong demand for access to support mechanisms to help them find decent work or develop income-generating activities (IGAs) with greater added value for themselves and their communities. 


Supported Project

This year, the Foundation supports the BLOOM project of Empow'Her. This project aims to meet the training needs of women in vulnerable situations in the Centre-Ouest and Hauts Bassins regions of Burkina Faso through apprenticeship sessions in craft trades in promising and sustainable sectors. The project proposes to women a sustainable response for their empowerment through an adapted path of professional integration or via technical and entrepreneurial training. 

Specifically, the project aims to:

  • Enable vulnerable women to acquire the technical and professional knowledge to enter promising sectors of activity in rural areas;
  • Accompany women in their process of economic autonomy through professional insertion or through the development of an income generating activity according to their wish;
  • Raise awairness and familiarize the stakeholders (master craftsmen and training institutes) as well as the beneficiaries to the stakes of sustainable development, respect of the environment and gender. 

In this project, Empow'Her wants to collaborate with master craftsmen and vocational training institutes in the target areas in order to offer women between 18 and 35 years of age training focused on practical learning. It also intends to provide beneficiaries with close and customized support through coaching, counseling and networking with potential employers (for those who wish to be employed) and with inspiring women and financing institutions (for those who wish to develop IGAs) in order to strengthen their capacity to obtain a job or their entrepreneurial capacity as needed.  

Some Figures

2021-2022 Budget 100,000 euros

2021-2022 Goal 100 supported women

History of the Partnership

The L'OCCITANE Foundation already partnered with Empow'Her in 2019-2020, to support its "Etincelles" programme, aiming to provide technical trainings to women in Burkina Faso. Discover more about the project here.