In Burkina Faso, only 1 in 5 women is literate. Literacy is a key element for women's empowerment, which accounts for 52% of the total population.

Construction and development of literacy centers
Aide & Action         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.

Empowerment of women in the village of Koundougou

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.

Etending the empowerment of women in Burkina Faso

The Learning for change project aims to extend the financial empowerment goals of Burkinabé women to the provinces of Sissili and Ziro in the Central West region of the country.