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