CIM, Iamgold and CESO join forces on sustainable development project

See the smiles and happiness of the 1,164 women in Burkina Faso who produced the 2015 CIM Convention delegate bags.

As part of a sustainable development project in collaboration with the Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO) and IAMGOLD, CIM mandated a women's cooperative in Burkina Faso, the Groupe d'Action des Femmes pour la Relance Économique du Houet (GAFREH) for the production of the 1,600 delegate bags for the 2015 CIM Convention in Montréal, Québec from recycled plastic bags.

This 6-month project ensured revenues to 1,100 women who collected the black and blue plastic bags from nearby streets. There were 24 women who washed, disinfected and dried them, 30 women who cut them in strips and wove the fabric (a traditionally male profession), and 10 women who sewed the delegate bags. IAMGOLD ensured the successful delivery of the bags to Montréal.

The result will be issued at the 2015 CIM Convention registration desk. CESO, who collaborated with the GAFREH for capacity building, is holding a photo exhibition of the artisanal production of the delegates' bags. Twenty photos will be displayed to illustrate the various processing steps from the plastic bags into the finished product by women of the cooperative. The photo exhibition is taking place at the entrance of the Exhibition Hall for the duration of the Convention. An incredible initiative, be sure to visit!

Women of GAFREH, Burkina Faso Women of GAFREH, Burkina Faso