In Burkina Faso, an Italian Nonprofit is Empowering Locals with the Art of Making Pizza

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Members of the Italian “Heart Melts” Foundation have begun working with locals in Burkina Faso in an effort to form co-ops for pizza eateries. The hope is that locals will use the skills and knowledge they have gained from the foundation to run self-sustaining businesses. Given pizza’s past track record of successful integration into food cultures around the world, this may be one of the most promising co-op initiatives yet.


The aroma of pizza mingles with the smell of wood as we wait in line to buy a slice of “Margherita” tomato-and-mozzarella in Fada N’Gourma, a city of 50,000 in the east of Burkina Faso, near the borders with Togo and Niger.

“This is the third pizzeria-bakery that we’ve opened in Burkina Faso,” says Claudio Vanni, from the Italian “Heart Melts” foundation. “They’re co-ops, and we provide technical resources and training, but otherwise is handled entirely by local workers. It’s a success, both from an economical point of view and for the solidarity values that it brings.”…Continue Reading

Photo by Jeff Attaway

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