Burkinabé Business Cards

Not everyone has them, but a growing number of Burkinabés have business cards these days. Some are just like those one would have in the states, but others have a more interesting design. I made a collage of a few of the cards I’ve received so far:

Statistical Analysis

Number of cards:                  9.00
Phone numbers/card:           3.00
Email addresses/card:          0.67
Images (non-logos)/card:     1.56
Fonts/card:                           2.78
Font color/card:                    3.22

Bonus: See if you can find the two cards that used the same template.


3 Responses to “Burkinabé Business Cards”

  1. 1 andtheseashalltell
    August 23, 2011 at 21:29

    Why on Earth would anyone put multiple phone numbers on a card like that? Wouldn’t it just increase confusion?

    Do Burkinabe have multiple personal cell phones, or is there something else going on here that I don’t have the right context to see?

  2. 2 Drissa
    August 25, 2011 at 20:24

    Like in many developing countries and unlike in the US, a phone call between two networks costs more than the same call within a network. So owning two lines or more (or a cellphone that can support 2 lines) for different telephone companies saves money. In Burkina Faso and elsewhere in Africa, many people carry 2 or 3 cellphones in order to receive and make intra-networks calls for at less cost.

  3. August 26, 2011 at 05:18

    Yup, Drissa is right on. I have two phones myself – one issued by Peace Corps and the other by FAIJ. Both have another amazing feature in that all calls are free to my colleagues.

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