EU supports export of traditional cloth from Guinea-Bissau

17 December 2014

The European Union will support the export of traditional cloth from Guinea-Bissau, as part of a project that included the inauguration, Tuesday, of a dye works in Bafatá, the country’s second city, the European Union delegation said in Bissau.

The project to re-launch the traditional dye works in Ponte Nova – Bafatá, is intended to drive the activity, “reduce poverty and preserve cultural and economic heritage,” the delegation said in a statement.

The project started in January 2013 with a duration of 36 months and has a budget of around 552 million CFA francs (about 842,000 euros), funded 90 percent by the European Union and 10 percent by other donors, including the city of Palencia, Spain.

Plans also include “support for marketing of dyed cloth by conducting promotional activities in Guinea-Bissau, Portugal and Spain,” the statement said.

The project includes studies on the socioeconomic impact of emigration of female dye workers and the transformation of the Association of Women of Ponte Nova (AMPN) into a cooperative. (macauhub/GW)