Today is International Women’s Day and every year to mark International Women’s Day, L’Occitane creates a soap dedicated to the women of Brukina Faso. For the past three years, this soap has been made by Burkinabé women who work in a traditional soap factory in the town of Léo. Thanks to training provided by L’OCCITANE, these women are able to draw on the skills they have learned. Income generated from the production of these soaps is reinvested in new equipment.
It also enables women to be more autonomous and help support their households. They can take care of their families more easily, feed their children and send them to school. They can even purchase a bicycle, for easier travel. 100%* of profits from the sale of this soap will go to the L’OCCITANE Foundation to help build literacy centres for women in Burkina Faso, working with the NGO Aide et Action, which has been a partner of the Foundation since 2009. Every soap sold pays for three bricks to help build a literacy centre. Since 2006, over 1,900 women have learned to read and write, and over 5,000 women have been able to develop or enhance an income generating activity. *100% of profits pays for three bricks (retail price minus taxes, transport and production costs).
The L’Occitane’s Solidarity Fundraising Soap (RRP $3) is a rose-scented and shea butter soap, and the monies raised this year will help support the L’Occitane Foundation’s battle on preventable blindness. Over 280 million people in the world are visually impaired and yet 80% of blindness is preventable.
This is just one story from around the globe that people and businesses are doing to help, honour and celebrate the achievements of women all around the world, you can learn more here.
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