One of the main challenges in Burkina Faso1 is creating jobs and revenue opportunities in order to help a rapidly growing population to escape poverty. Training is not available to everyone in Burkina Faso, however. 71% of the potential workforce is untrained and illiterate. As for women, 78% of them have not received any training whatsoever. This number is even higher in rural areas where access to training opportunities is very limited. Only 1.5% of young people have benefited from technical and vocational education and training (TVET). 

1Study on the current situation and the problem of youth employment in Burkina Faso by SPONG (Permanent Secretariat of Non-Governmental Organisations) – 2014


Supported project

The L'OCCITANE Foundation supports the 'Etincelles' programme from the NGO Empow'Her. This programme, started in 2018, targets women aged 18 to 35 living in rural areas. The objective is to allow them access to vocational and entrepreneurial training. These women will be trained in promising and innovative trades that are aligned with the realities of the target areas and the needs and ambitions of the women involved in the programme. In addition to technical training in the chosen trades, the most dynamic women will receive entrepreneurship training and individual support for their projects.

Some figures

If the objective was to train 40 women from the provinces of Comoé, Houet, Sanguié and Sissili in Burkina Faso, it is already 130 women who benefited from the project. This training will then allow them to develop their activities in promising sectors of activity and realise their entrepreneurial projects. 

Total budget 99 841 euros

Total goal 40 women supported


Martine Diasso, dressmaker

"I really loved the NASMODE Centre, everything was prepared so that we could really learn. I learned new techniques; I now know how to create layouts (draw patterns), and I know how to make jackets for men and women, which not many dressmakers can do in my area. I also appreciated the course on organising work, dressmakers like me often struggle with deadlines and the advice we were given will really help us to do our work properly and on time. The quality of the training was great and I wasn't worried about leaving Léo, my studio, and my family so that I could learn.
All of this training will allow my to properly develop my activities and my project. I would like to expand my workshop and turn it into a dressmaking centre with all of the extra services such as embroidery, dying and weaving.  It's really rare to have all of those services in one place, and that will be possible at Léo."

Formations professionnelles des femmes de zones rurales du Burkina Faso