Côte d’Ivoire

Côte d'Ivoire

In Côte d’Ivoire, EFI works with communities in rural areas to promote economic development, where money earned from this weaving of their traditional Pagne Baulé brings economic stability to regions where there are high levels of migration.

Alongside EFI’s social enterprise partners CABES in Burkina Faso, capacity is being constructed in these communities in the effort to enable them to start producing goods for the international market.

Work in Côte d’Ivoire has expanded to include development of creative talent through the Designer Accelerator and Opportunities Are Here, an innovative virtual TV/radio show.

The European Union supports EFI activities in Côte d’Ivoire through the Identity Building and Sharing Business Initiative.

1 community group 

Bomizambo Weaving Cooperative

3 fashion labels supported

Laurenceairline, Kente Gentlemen and Ohiri are part of the EFI Designer Accelerator

3 creative businesses incubated

with our partners Incub’Ivoire, following the Opportunities Are Here Project X competition

Supported by the

European Union


Meet the weavers of Bomizambo

EFI is working in Côte d’Ivoire where there is a strong tradition of weaving and communities create beautiful Pagne Baulé fabric beneath the trees.

Natural dyeing

Pagne Baulé

Cotton textiles