Installation project: A cooperative for young seamstresses

Creating a framework for social and professional integration of young women in difficulty


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Le projet doit se réaliser dans la ville de Bobo-Dioulasso, Province du Houet, Région des Hauts-Bassins, BURKINA FASO
BF Burkina Faso
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About the project Edit

The project brings together a dozen girls who are at the end of their co-op training. They will work to make their activities profitable so that they can get the necessary resources to create sewing workshops for each member. The work in the workshops will be done by the girls themselves. To start, there will be ten girls, four who are qualified in men’s and women’s sewing, six in a learning situation.

They will be under the supervision of a workshop leader who has a lot of experience in sewing and who is able to mentor the others. As mentioned above, the project must generate revenues that could lead to eventually self-finance other girls. Annual revenues from their activities will be distributed as follows:

- a percentage split between recipients for their daily needs
- a percentage for the community funds to finance another workshop for other young girls

In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

Most of the young girls finishing their training must integrate themselves professionally. This project wants to create and support the dynamics of self-financing and self-employment from an initial funding. The co-op’s first workshop will help each member establish herself in the community workshop after working for a certain length of time. This will help build a continuous chain as those who leave will be replaced by new arrivals.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

- In economic terms: Revenues from their activities will help empower the girls economically and be self-sufficient financially.

- In social terms: The project could slightly decrease female unemployment and the social ills mentioned above. It will also provide training for young girls in a learning situation.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

Seeing as the project involves promoting self-employment among young girls who are finishing their sewing training, it could be reproduced in other sectors of activity.

The deplorable situation for young girls is the reason why a project to integrate themd is neede

What was the triggering factor of this project? Edit

In Burkina Faso, few girls receive schooling and among those who do attend school, barely half finish the first four years of high school and get their Brevet d’Etude du Premier Cycle (BEPC). As for the second cycle which lasts three years, one quarter finish with difficulty. Also, many parents prefer to support boys in school at the expense of young girls in difficult times. In view of all these realities, most girls are quickly oriented to trades training centres where they will learn how to sew, knit or do embroidery. Many are encouraged to go to sewing school because it is relatively inexpensive and easy to learn. However, even if a few are hired by individuals at the end of their training, most are left to fend for themselves.

As a result, after several years of unemployment, the girls gradually forget what they’ve learned and lose their trade, but they must still support themselves in the meantime. Being poor, their parents cannot take care of them and assume that they are old enough to manage on their own. Prostitution and solicitation (a growing trend in large cities) become the main ways to survive.

What is the business model of this project? Edit

As a tool in the fight against poverty, this project has both an economic and social dimension.


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