World Fair Trade Day 9 May 2015
Put on a hat! – This is a day for head issues: Fair and Sustainable World.
Our star is the rural African craftswoman
making hats and bags using local, renewable natural fibres.
Creating economic growth where it is most needed.
Sustainable development - she just does it.
On photo top: Mme Raton, on photo below Mme Odette – and the mud road leading to their house. More about them
Shipment arrived! See the newly arrived FairTrade bags and hats.
Result of work on product development during autumn, followed by a lot of crafting. A container loaded with bags and hats. From harbour on Madagascar end of February – arrived to Gothenburg 22nd of April 2015.
1995-2015: La Maison Afrique FAIR TRADE celebrates 20 years of:
Arts & Crafts from Madagascar with respect for environment, people and tradition FAIR TRADE
– by presenting extra many hats and bags in the assortment.
Small is Big
In an article the 21 March 2015, La Gazette writes about the big importance handicraft has for the national economy; Crafts contribute with ca 12% to Madagascar GNI (Gross National Income), which is more than the contribution from the industrial sector's 8%.
In addition, crafts fight poverty in urban as well as rural areas – and it makes use of a variety of local raw materials to make high quality products.
The article points at the need to know more in order to make better use of the craft sector as a national recourse – and to tackle problems.
In 2002, INSTAT, Institute National de la Statistique de Madagascar made a study of the craft sector. The study was comprehensive, its results well worth reading- and it was well in line with the article 2015 in La Gazette. The report from the study is available from INSTAT website.
We celebrate the 20 years by presenting extra many new hats, matching baskets and bags. All genuine craftsmanship using natural, ecological fibres: sisal, palm leaves, reeds, mountain grass. Functional and beautiful, in addition Fair Trade.
Formex, Stockholm international fairs Hal:B, section crafts Stand B08:45
Formland, Herning Hal: BLOOM Stand E4050
Both are trade fairs. Welcome to contact for invitation.
La Maison Afrique FAIR TRADE is a Fair Trade organization supporting and cooperating with artisans on Madagascar since 1995. Raison d'être is summarized in the logo "Arts & Crafts from Madagascar with respect for environment, people and tradition. FAIR TRADE". We celebrate the 20 years. Welcome!
The World Bank reports on the political-economic situation in Madagascar
In "Madagascar Overview", dated May 12, 2014 the World Bank summarizes the political and economic situation in Madagascar. Describes a country that, after 4 years of political crisis, now is one of the worlds poorest people (82.4% living on less than $ 1.25 / day). GDP growth that in 2013 was mainly based on mineral extraction and insufficient to compensate for population growth.
Madagascar is very vulnerable to natural disasters; cyclones, droughts and floods. A quarter of its population living in high risk areas. In 2008, cyclones caused economic losses equivalent to 4% of GDP.
In-depth description and analysis: "Faces of Poverty in Madagascar 'March 2014.
Photo: The report "Faces of Poverty in Madagascar" defines young children as the poorest in the population. This generation is faced with the task of managing (and perhaps it should be written; defend) the nature and culture of their country. The children on the photo can represent the many who share a major challenge.