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    APGF, Burkina Faso: Promoting Women


    © International Trade Centre, International Trade Forum - Issue 3/2001 

    Burkina Faso's association for the promotion of women's groups (APGF, Association pour la Promotion des Groupements Féminins) acts as a mixture of non-governmental organization (NGO) and private enterprise.

    It works exclusively with women in rural areas and poor quarters of the capital, Ouagadougou, producing scarves, coverlets and wrap-around skirts during the nine-month dry season. Founded in 1990, APGF today has 125 associates working in 25 production centres. Since 1996, annual growth has reached 14% in most years, with one-third of its production going abroad. APGF's members started with little experience or understanding of international trade, but through the Burkinan foreign trade office (Office National du Commerce Extérieur), they were trained in the techniques of international commerce. Through the German aid agency, GTZ, and the European Union, members also received on-the-spot training in design. APGF has taken part in numerous international fairs in West Africa, Europe and Canada, enabling it to build up a network of trading partners. It also won a second prize in 1998 at a biennial buyers-sellers fair in Burkina Faso.

    Contact: Ms. Rasmata Kabre, APGF, 01 BP 4855, Ouagadougou 01, Burkina Faso. E-mail: kabrer@hotmail.com