I have just returned from a productive visit to SEPLI Madagascar and sending you this message during my 5 hour lay-over in Paris. I am pleased to report that we are working in 13 communities with 14 breeders and 268 farmers. Breeders are distinguished by the fact that they have deposited cocoons into SEPALIM’s bank.
We have discovered that the new program supported by Global Givers, the women’s textile production program, is the most important tool to date, to convince farmers to rear larvae. In fact, all of the women who now make textiles recognize the added income advantage of textile production and have decided that the only ones who are “allowed” to make the textile are women, or husbands of women, who have actually contributed cocoons to the cocoon bank. Therefore, all textile producers are also cocoon producers. The textile production program promises to drive the cocoon production program.
In light of this new finding, SEPALIM is hoping to build a women’s training center at its new demonstration site. The new site is a short walk from Maroantsetra. Already there are fruit trees, pineapple, papaya and mangos and a small pond on its grounds. Bertrand is extending the existing pond and Mario and Eddie have been building a fence and digging holes to receive 400 trees transplanted from the current demonstration site. SEPALIM will recoup the cost of the land ($3000) in savings that we will earn from moving to a new office site. It is definately a win-win.
Let the adventure continue!
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