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Wild Silk Training Center for 300 in Madagascar!



Help CPALI build a wild silk training center for rural farmers in Madagascar! Site includes a massive butterfly garden made from local materials, vegetable gardens and host trees for hands-on demonstrations. Now we need to raise funds for the 20,000 dollar training center we will build on our land! Special thanks to the Boston Architects for Humanity for designing the blueprints.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

Severe poverty in NE Madagascar affects over 80% of the 300,000 residents in the area and makes it difficult to secure an income. To add insult to injury, residents are not permitted to harvest resources from the protected rainforest areas that they once depended on. As residents turn to illegal harvesting to make ends meet, the consequences are devastating for both people and the environment. One by one, residents are turning to CPALI for a new cash flow through sustainable livelihoods.

How will this project solve this problem?

CPALI trains and supports rural farmers in new livelihoods that are good for both people and the environment. The new CPALI training center will be the centerpiece for our program. Serving our 300+ members, this comprehensive training center will allow our farmers to learn tree planting, gardening, wild silk production, and silk textile production techniques. This training will open doors for farmers through the development of new skills and access to international markets for their products.

Potential Long Term Impact

Through our training and support, we offer rural farmers a chance to rise up from the cycle of poverty and improve their own lives with their own resources. While our members' actions are supporting the environment, the income that they earn is going towards better health, education, and nutrition. Together we are building stronger communities, protecting native resources and designing a better way to work with nature. Help us give our members a training center to be proud of!

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $3,350
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $16,650
Total Funding Goal: $20,000


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Project Leader

Catherine Craig

Lincoln, MA United States

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