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.
Mar 13, 2014

Seventy-nine meters of textile produced to date!

Meet Marie Jean - SEPALI
Meet Marie Jean - SEPALI's top textile producer

Data! Data! - Read all about it!

Sepali is assessing its impact and the results so far are great.  Although farmers only started producing cocoons in 2012, farmer numbers trippled between 2012 and 2013

Three hundred farmers from 13 communities have joined SEPALI Madagascar and planted over 30,000 trees on 120 hectares of degraded land or on existing farms.

Farmers have produced 22,765 cocoons and the number of cocoon deposits in SEPALI’s cocoon bank tripled between 2012-2013.  A total of thirty-one farmers have made 130 deposits into the cocoon bank and earned between $13-$54. 

Twenty-four women have participated in workshop training and earned between $15-$48 and produced 79m2 of textile.  SEPALI has recently begun monitoring how textile producers are spending their workshop earnings. Initial results show that 80% of the women spend the majority of their earnings on school uniforms, school supplies, and tuition. Remaining funds are spent on food and household supplies. One woman will use the money to pay a day laborer working her land.

And now let us tell you about Marie Jean - Marie Jean is the first, female leader of a farmer's group.  Also, she has become the most skilled among women textile producers.  After about 5 trainining workshops she has doubled her speed and can produce 2m of textile in the time it takes other women to produce 1m!  We have high hopes that the others will soon catch up and congratulate Marie Jean on her achievements.

The results above bode well for SEPALI's effort to increase cocoon production in time for textile sales in the spring.

We are excited to announce that CPALI will be showing its textiles and representative products at the "Dwell on Design" tradeshow in Los Angeles, June.  Please plan to visit.  Our booth number is MH42.

SEPALI team sewing their textile
SEPALI team sewing their textile

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Feb 6, 2014

SEPALI Madagascar searches for new Insects for food

Searching for beetle larvae
Searching for beetle larvae

During the last two years, we were informed on the radio that Madagascar is under the threat of serious food crisis. The population grows very fast and the farm space reduces every year due to climate condition or of cultural practices outdated and destructive.  In my area which is around the Makira Protected Area (MPA) in Maroantsetra, Madagascar , people are still practicing tavy " slash and burn " and it concerns large tracts of fields.

This practice has existed for many years. Now, the soil becomes sterile and people move to another field to slash and burn again and again. I realized that if nothing is done, my area have a serious problem of malnutrition. It is for this reason that I and my NGO Sepali Madagascar has decide to exploit varieties of edible insects to meet our nutritional needs.

Last year, SEPALIM introduced to farmers that produced wild silk a new perspective to eat pupae or chrysalis in order to improve our protein intake . For this year, Sepali Madagascar has decided to strengthen its research for other groups of edible insects and exploit them as a source of protein for the population around MPA.

We began our studies by observation of insects attracted by the light source every night. We immediately noticed that he were  many beetle species living in our area. We conducted a search of the larvae by digging the soil around the garden and check in the dead wood. We were very curious to learn the habitat of each beetle species. We found two species of beetles during a search of two days around our house garden. These two species of beetles are reputed to be edible insect in for other places in Madagascar.

Around the MPA, everyone has a little story about knowing or seeing someone that eat insect but as for me, I do not have never met any people who has ever eaten insect . In addition, it is still difficult to demonstrate to people that our diet is terribly low in protein, It was hard to explain why we all have the same health problem such us toothache, skin problem, big belly button… All symptoms of malnutrition have become very familiar and there is not any suspect about the origin or the solution to those problems. I know that the road is still long for Sepali to persuade living around MPA to add insects among each household food list. However, we are sure that, progressively, people will finish by accepting Sepali to be their rescuer against the hunger. It is good to start right now because better late than never.

Larvae of Oryctes Rhinoceros beetle
Larvae of Oryctes Rhinoceros beetle
Larvea of Pyrochroa family of PYROCHROIDAE
Larvea of Pyrochroa family of PYROCHROIDAE

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Dec 13, 2013

Building a future to look forward to

Wild silk textile up close
Wild silk textile up close
Check out CPALI/SEPALI's new video:   http://bcove.me/ww7fa5om  !!!
Imagine farming with no modern implements, machinery, fertilizers, and most of all, limited opportunity to improve yields or access markets. This is what it's like for subsistence farmers in Madagascar. They live in villages with no electricity, no water or sewage systems. For centuries, they have been making a living by swidden agriculture (slash and burn). Like our own ancestors, they hunt in the forest but also clear and burn forests to make land for new farms when soils become unproductive. 
CPALI/SEPALI Madagascar are designing a new approach to conservation, one that focuses on people and on developing sustainable alternatives to forest harvesting for subsistence farmers, that has been embraced by local communities. We specialize in stepping stone conservation -- helping farmers earn enough income to begin to move up the income ladder from severe poverty to low income and beyond. All without harvesting plants and animals from the forest. CPALI is teaching farmers how to grow and process their own native resources for food and cash. Last year 10 farmers produced 10994 cocoons and about 15 meters of fabric. So far 29 farmers have produced 14953 cocoons and the rearing season is not over.  Farmers will not desposit their November cocoons until the end of January. 

To take the next step we are raising funds to build a work space for women to use to make the textile at their convenience.  Architects for Humanity, Boston, designed (pro bono) a the perfect space that makes use of local materials and will employ local farmers to build it!  We are now raising funds to make if a reality!  GG's matching funds campaign for recurring donations starts Friday, 20 December.  GlobalGiving's recurring matching campaign will match your initial monthly gift at 100%! This match will be sent to us after your recurring gift has completed 4 months total. So that means, if you choose to make a recurring gift during the campaign this December, you're initial gift will be matched in March!

Designed by Architects for Humanity, Boston

Marketing Update
The goal of our program is build a self-sustaining enterprise that provides farmers with the support the need to mitiage use of forest resrources.  We are excited that dConstruct jewelry of Canada is introducing a line of wild silk jewelry in January.  dConstruct has donated its first designs to CPALI for holiday sales!  Please contact us if you are interested 
in purchasng earrings, pendants or bracelets made from wild silk embedded in eco-resin for that special person on your holiday list:  info@cpali.org for full details and prices.
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Also at the Boston Architects convention, the Architects for Humanity, Boston, gave us a chance to show off three different types of textile made by SEPALI.  It was the first time the texitles have been on display. The architects we talked to were excited about the possibility of using the fabric to make room dividers, screens, window treatments and innovative lights.  All of our current textiles are designed using cocoons randomly arrayed. In the future we hope to branch out with other patterns and designs.  Our current textiles are available at Habu Textile, New York or through CPALI. Contact us at Info@cpali.org.


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Wild silk textile display
Wild silk textile display
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