Our project will provide advanced training in handicraft for 5 poor mothers living in slums in Antananarivo and support them to establish a small business and therefore securing a sustainable income. Microcredits will be given for the material (raphia) needed. In a 2nd step a small factory will be build to produce and sell the craftwork as well as small houses for the women and their families. As an alternative source of income a cafe will be opened. Also French courses will be offered.
In Madagascar's capital city Antananarivo numerous families live under very poor conditions. Due to the lack of education their chance of finding a decent job is next to nothing. Several surveys have shown that woman play a key role in generating a lasting effect on the socioeconomic wellbeing of the whole family as well as the community. For this reason we are supporting 5 needy women in Antananarivo in establishing their own profitable small business in the area of Malagasy craftwork.
By supporting poor mothers in the establishment of a small rentable business (advanced training, microcredits, studio and housing facilities, language course), we enable a steady income and an improved living standard for them and their families. The training teaches how to produce high-quality products, studio and housing facilities provide security and healthy living conditions, French courses improve the communication with tourists.
The Project will educate 5 women allowing them and their families to rise out of poverty by establishing a small self-supporting business based on a woman's cooperative. In the long-run it is also planned to offer their products on a fair trade basis on the european market. A successful establishment of the business will enable more women to be part of the cooperative. Our goal is a secured life above the poverty line for 100 community members in the next 2 years.
This project has provided additional documentation in a PDF file (projdoc.pdf).
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