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