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Nathalie Jacquault - Afrika Tiss

Training for weavers in Burkina Faso

Weaving training for underprivileged women in Burkina Faso

The Foundation is providing support to Afrika Tiss , which has been working in Burkina Faso since 2011 to develop a textile industry that is respectful of human values and the environment. Afrika Tiss teaches and trains women in dying and weaving techniques that help promote their social and economic independence.

The textile industry in Burkina Faso

Burkina Faso is the leading producer of cotton in Africa and nearly 50,000 people currently work in this sector. However, the local processing of cotton remains essentially manual. The many women who work in this business live in very precarious conditions.

A centre of excellence in textiles for women

Faced with this situation, Afrika Tiss created a Centre of Excellence in textiles for women in Ouagadougou. The weavers learn new techniques and acquire commercial skills, which allow them to increase their income in the long term. Once the weavers have completed their training, they in turn train other underprivileged women. Afrika Tiss's new project aims to add a training module teaching weaving techniques for large-format fabrics, natural dyes, and screen printing.

The contribution of the Air Liquide Foundation

The Foundation's contribution will be dedicated to acquiring large looms, allowing the weavers to make larger creations as part of the new training module.


  • Project initiator: Afrika Tiss
  • Location: Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso
  • Year of support: 2016
  • Air Liquide sponsor: Harouna Badini, Air Liquide Burkina Faso