Created in 2006, the L’OCCITANE Foundation supports the economic emancipation of the women of Burkina Faso. Through partnerships with other local organizations, the Foundation is able to support the improvement of literacy among these women and facilitate the development of their income-generating activities.
The L’OCCITANE Foundation has partnered with NGO Aide et Action since 2009 to monitor and develop literacy programs for Burkinabe women. Thirty-one literacy centers have been supported through this partnership and more than 400 women per year are able to learn how to read and write.
The Foundation also supports microcredit programs in Burkina Faso in partnership with Entrepreneurs for the World. This community savings program enables women to launch and develop their own small business activities. Additionally, the Foundation supports training programs that further enable local women to become economically emancipated. To date, over 7,000 women have benefited from the actions of the L’OCCITANE Foundation.