Outfitting the tool library of a community workshop in La Courneuve

The Rexel Foundation and Bizline provide free supplies for a community workshop created by Les Compagnons Bâtisseurs

La Courneuve (Seine-Saint-Denis, île de France)

Project description

The Rexel Foundation donated supplies via Bizline, a subsidiary of the Rexel Group specializing in equipment and professional consumables, to outfit the tool library of a home improvement community workshop in La Courneuve (France) inaugurated in September 2015.  Open to all, this community workshop led by Les Compagnons Bâtisseurs fosters learning, mutual aid and open-mindedness. Beneficiaries reclaim control of their living spaces and grow in self-confidence while learning how to improve their homes.


In order to better understand how the organization works and what its needs are, the Rexel Foundation visited several apartments that had been renovated via assisted self-rehabilitation works carried out by inhabitants with help from Les Compagnons Bâtisseurs, through the association’s neighborhood workshops.

The Foundation wishes to expand its support in the future by organizing initiatives to train inhabitants in various kinds of equipment (hot water heaters, for example) or put them in contact with a network of small businesses interested in the approach.


  • Provide the workshop and its beneficiaries with professional-quality equipment
  • Contribute to improving the homes of workshop participants
  • In the long term, support the creation of new workshops and contribute to participants training

Inauguration of the community workshop in La Courneuve


Find out more about Les Compagnons Bâtisseurs

The association Les Compagnons Bâtisseurs, present on the national level for more than 50 years, aids those suffering from substandard housing by helping them to remodel or build their homes themselves with the assistance of a technical leader and volunteers. The organization also facilitates the economic integration of those in need within the building sector through work-integration and training projects. Finally, it welcomes volunteers and young Civic Service participants, who contribute to the management and leadership of its network.



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