Through the Education Centre, The Force is investing in the successful and high potential social business AKLALA Batik, led by female Entrepreneur Chantal Donvide. Find out more about the centre and how we aim to make a sustainable impact in the region.
The Education Centre
Our education center is the outcome of an integrative planning process by the NGO Engineers without Borders Austria, guided by the principles of social and ecological sustainability. The technical conception of the buildings’ water-, ventilation- and energy system was implemented in a collaborative practice of Austrian engineers and Togolese construction companies.
The water system differentiates between grey water which is fed into soakaways, and sewage water which is purified in a septic tank. The colouring agent used within the scope of the batik work is stored in a complementary sealed tank. The ventilation system is based on the principle of cross-ventilation for an energy-efficient air exchange. The roof is dimensioned to support photovoltaic modules in a subsequent technical upgrade.
The centre is used for production, creating employment for licensed tailors and batik craftswomen.
Besides the construction of the center, The Force is supporting AKLALA Batik to expand their brand within Togo and internationally by opening a new store in the capital Lomé, as well as acquiring business partners and finding point of sales internationally.
By helping to realise the Education Centre, The Force is able to provide free vocational training in tailoring and the handcraft of Batik.
Both the 3-year tailoring programme and the 1-year batik programme lead to a state-recognized degree. The programmes are aimed at girls and young women from the area, enabling them to start their own business or join the social business educating them – in either case giving them the opportunity to improve their living conditions and future prospects. Apart from these two apprenticeship programmes, the centre is open for workshops, lectures, and trainings which aim to promote awareness for women’s rights.
The social business model of TailoringTogo ensures that the centre will ultimately be completely self-sufficient. This will strenghen the local community both socially and economically.
AKLALA Batik is obligated by contract to invest its profits in and promote the social component of the project: providing and financing the training programmes. Untill it becomes self sufficient, donations and investments are needed to improve the centre and finance the education of our apprentices.