SEWING CENTRES PROJECT
Burkina Faso: in activity
SEMAFO Foundation, in its drive to support job creation, took advantage of the scarcity of dressmakers in the Est region to set up a sewing project. The installation of the Boungou Mine and its need for 1,000 company work clothes provided a clear window of opportunity. The goal of the project is not only to provide clothing for the mine, but to provide employment after the mine closes. This job creation opportunity will therefore provide long-term income throughout the life of the plant and after closure, by making clothes for the people in the surrounding villages.
As a result, the tailors’ income will increase, beneficiaries will be empowered and skills will subsequently be transferred to more young people.
The ceremony to lay the foundation stone for the first sewing center took place on September 27, 2016 in the village of Boungou. The fully equipped center enabled 12 people with sewing knowhow to begin by making outfits for Boungou Mine workers. (see Specialized Training project)
- Participants generated total income of $43,152 (FCFA 18,770,000) and salary of $15,306 (FCFA 6,657,750) (2018-2019)
- Donated 2 and repaired 6 additional sewing machines
- Income of $3,162 (FCFA 1,350,000) generated through the 90 uniforms (2017-2018)
- Training for 12 participants (2017-2018)
- Construction of the Boungou sewing center: 12 beneficiaries (2016-2017)
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