- Burkina Faso -

BURKINA FASO – Quick Overview

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

Risk assessment: 

- 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

What about the artist and the art work?




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.