STAY SAFE WHILE HELPING OTHERS
Rabens Saloner supports Plan International to secure a brighter future for the girls and young women in Burkina Faso.
Our community face masks are defined by our signature tie dye patterns developed by talented artisans in our Bali dye house.
However, the masks are made for more than you and me to stay safe. They are also made to secure a brighter future for girls and young women in Burkina Faso, for whom COVID- 19 has turned everything upside down.
How does it work?
Well, for each sold mask Rabens Saloner and Hammers A/S donate 10% of the sales price to the children’s rights organization, Plan International and their project Covid-19: Girls Taking Matters into Their Own Hands.
For a fact: Studies show, that when a family in Burkina Faso has to choose who will go to school and who will not, girls are last in line.
The project supports entrepreneurial youth groups in Burkina Faso in West Africa making face masks and inform their local communities about COVID-19. The youth groups take classes in the manufacturing of face masks and the readymade masks are then distributed to community centres and children – especially girls - so they can get back to school. The masks are also distributed to other marginalized citizens such as elderly people with disabilities.
“There is something beautiful in the fact that the donation from our masks makes it possible for these girls to make their masks."
Creative Director & Founder, Birgitte Raben
Marguerite is a 27-year-old seamstress living Guiba, Zoundweogo, in the southern part of the country. Marguerite has successfully started to produce face masks, and this is her story. Being part of the YEWA program facilitated by Plan International’s partner, ADIJR, Marguerite first started sewing in 2015.
“It wasn’t easy at all. I didn’t even have a sewing machine to work with” says Marguerite
Today she has two sewing machines, her own workshop and works with two apprentices.
“Currently, I have an average production of 50 masks per day and I have been able to make a total of about 10,450 masks since the training,” explains Marguerite.
Marguerite hasn’t been to school for long, but with her sewing skills she has now has an income and is able to support her parents.
According to the coordinator of the association ADIJR, "Marguerite is doing very well and she manages to pay the two young women she trains in her workshop". He also explains that Marguerite is involved in sexual and reproductive health awareness as a peer educator with other young women.
Marguerite has made it far and is very thankful, but she is not done yet. She wants to be even more professional and to reach her goals, she has asked for even more training opportunities provided YEWA program and ADIJR. We wish her all the success and happiness in the world.
SHOP & SUPPORT
Stay safe in style with our tie dye community face mask. Shop and support young women in Burkina Faso.
The eruption of COVID-19 has put severe pressure on Burkina Faso. Rural communities are easily exposed to misinformation and lack of access to clean water, soap and masks. Though schools are soon to reopen, the government demands the students to wear face masks, and those who cannot afford them are left behind.