Burkina Faso is a landlocked country in Western Africa. It borders Benin, Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mali, Niger and Togo
Population: estimated 18.6 million (2016)
Life expectancy at birth: 58 years
Level of corruption: ranked by Transparency International as 76 out of 168 countries
Average salary: $56 a month
- A very uncertain political and economic outlook and a business environment with many troublesome weaknesses;
- An economy highly exposed to meteorological conditions.
Source: Global Edge
Burkinabe artisans transforming steel oil drums into designed bowls
With basic tools and patience, the Burkinabe artists turn oil drums into practical and beautifully-designed items. The philosophy is that there is no waste and everything gets a second life.
This is in line with the Burkinabe lifestyle. In spite of its precarious situation, Burkina Faso is “the country of honest men”; the Burkinabe find a solution for each situation with a positive and creative mindset.
Every piece is unique & handmade, and has an industrial look which creates a link between the traditional African culture and the new contemporary African style.
Lazuli Art is delighted to help these talented young designers, who could not reach the European market without a little help. The Co-op in Ouagadougou works within a Fair Trade framework, guaranteeing fair wages to their workers and a good quality of life for their families.