Conservation through Poverty Alleviation, Int

Conservation through Poverty Alleviation, International, a US-based 501(c)3 organization, helps subsistence farmers displaced by the formation of national parks establish new livelihoods that restore and sustain protected habitats.
May 3, 2010

Andaparaty, Ambalamahogo, Marovovonana

New SEPALI entrepreneur business card
New SEPALI entrepreneur business card

Currently 46 serious farmers are starting to set up a nursery. 25 in Ambodivoangy; 12 in Marovovonana; 9 in Ambalamahogo and this number increase every week. Possibly we will have 60 farmers by the end of May. We have been trying to encourage the poorest farmers to work with us, however it has been hard to contact them because they are always in the field. Therefore, we began scheduling our first meetings from 5-8 AM before they leave. We then continue our meetings at 8 PM after they have returned home.

This week the main work of CPALI/SEPALI team is to look for seedlings. The total of the seedling that we need to give to the farmers is at least 6000 , Denis has already taught farmer about germinating seeds. The first germination will be after 2 months. Now, the chrysalid are going to emerge, everyday Mario put the females on the trees to lay eggs.

Bertrand take care of the trees and the fence. He is cleaning the house we make effort to avoid the rats to get in the house. Tomorrow, both Mario and Bertrand go to the field to look for seedlings. Denis got a new phone orange.I spend a lot of my time to work on the computer and to receive many farmers who want to talk with me. I update WCS about cpali activities. I`m trying to set up a good communication between cpali and the farmers in each coba. I received many letters from different farmers to inform cpali about their improvements.

I have attached copies of our new SEPALI association cards that each farmer participating in the program receives. It seems to have become very "in" to have a SEPALI card in one's pocket.


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Apr 5, 2010

Announcing SEPALI and reporting on farmer's progre

Dear CPALI Supporters,

I would like to update you about the progress made by CPALI during the last 3 months. CPALI Madagascar has a new malagasy name " SEPALI" or Sehatry ny MPAmokatra Landy Ifotony which stands for Organisation of Silk producers in the base communities. SEPALI received a permit to operate as a Malagasy national NGO. All our participating farmers in Madagascar have become automatic members of our new local NGO . The NGO permit allows farmers to export their finish products, and set up their own business marketing. SEPALI has a permit to work nationally in Madagascar.

The constant support from Global giving has allowed SEPALI to increase our capacity by four new farmers each month. We are going to extend our activities in the four communities in the border of Makira protected area. Your helps has allowed us to organize a teaching and training program in each communities which allows farmers to produce the first grade silk and also to produce finished products that they can sell in the local market or for exportation.

Now, SEPALI really need to strengthen their activities in the communities to provide enough materials to set up one demonstration site on each community . The demonstration site in each communities allows farmers to get knowledge about the different steps of silk production.

During the 3 coming months, SEPALI team will continue to visit each community and try to visit all interested farmers land. By the end of this year, several farmers will be ready to produce their first cocoons.

SEPALI will update you about each step of our activities

Thank you very much Mamy ( Cpali project leader and SEPALI founder)

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Mar 11, 2010

The latest news: Farmer numbers growing

CPALI entrepreneur Marie Jean and her new nets
CPALI entrepreneur Marie Jean and her new nets

Mamy's latest news Denis (CPALI entrepreneur farmer and now team trainer) told me that he got the list of 19 new farmers interested to join the team. Those farmers are waiting for the pot plastics. We are continuing to look for serious farmers ready to work immediately and replace the unserious farmers. So now we have 26 serious farmers in Ambodivoangy; 5 in Ambalamahogo, 13 in Marovovonana, + Denis and Marie jeanne= so now we have 46 serious farmers in the coba (community managed forest). Jaonary jean (CPALI entrepreneur farmer) said that he met 6 farmers in Andaparaty very interested to join the team and they will visit Jaonary jean's site. About the rearing: both of Denis and Mario (CPALI project employees) have new larvae and also many eggs, so they are focusing there work on raisins larvae until I come back to Maroantsetra. I plan to come back to Maroantsetra on next week. Update from Cay Craig, CPALI CEO Being in the US I have been working on developing our market as well as our non-spun textile. Thanks to the skill of Sylvia Weber, we now have a beautiful, unique textile that is sewn using our suraka cocoons and the stitching is invisible. The textile, (it is the background of the CPALI webpage, www.cpali.org) is generating a lot of market interest. Next week I will be presenting it to George M. Beylerian at the Material Connexion in New York (http://www.materialconnexion.com/) a center that maintains 5 libraries of unique and new materials world wide that are accessed by various industries. This is a great opportunity and I hope our textile is selected for display. As a head up, the librarian has already told us he thinks it is "cutting edge". March 16 is a fund raising day at Global Giving - the will provide a 30% match for all donations but they donation must be made on Tuesday.

Marie Jean shows off her first crop of cocoons
Marie Jean shows off her first crop of cocoons

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