CROCHET LESSONS PROJECT

Burkina Faso: in activity

Chantal Guérin, director of the SEMAFO Foundation, visited several women’s groups in order to train them to pick mats from recycled milk bags. These mats made from Canadian milk bags are thicker and the plastic is specially designed to stay fresh and repel insects. Women appreciate it a lot for these reasons. Once woven, the mats are very comfortable, especially compared to the dirt floor on which children usually sleep.

This project was initiated by Mrs. Johanne Lazure of the “Life Association” which carries us the bags of milk and mats crocheted by the grandmother knitters of Canada.

Association La Vie

The SEMAFO Foundation has financed the transport of woven mats generously offered by the Association La Vie with the participation of the Grandmothers knitters network.
Each mat required the mobilization of many volunteers at each stage: the recovery of the bags of milk, their cutting into strips, and finally the weaving of the mat with hooks.
The Association La Vie continues to mobilize to recover mats and bags of milk that will be forwarded as such to the women’s groups of Burkina Faso who now wish to make mats, a beautiful proof of autonomy!

En bref


  • 357 people affected (June 30, 2017)
  • Training of women from Tamboangou (2017)
  • Training of women from Boungou and Natongou villages (2016)
  • Training of women of the RAMA Foundation (2014)
  • Training of several women from Bissa, Wona and Yona villages. (2012)

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