With nature into the winter - and forward - choose Fair Trade crafts of natural materials for global Sustainable Development. Sustainable Development is based on ecological, social and economic sustainability. Choosing Fair Trade crafts of natural materials is to make a concrete effort to meet the global goals for Sustainable Development. What could be better at Christmas times?
The Global Objectives for Sustainable Development are 17, Number 1 is "No Poverty". According to the World Bank's latest report "Poverty and Shared Prosperity 2018", Madagascar and the Central African Republic are the two countries in the world with the largest proportion of their population in extreme poverty; 77.5% and 77.7%, respectively. Globally, extreme poverty has fallen from 36% in 1990 to 10% in 2015 - but at the same time it has become increasingly concentrated in sub-Saharan Africa: The average for the region was 41.1% in 2015. Looking at the evolution of absolute numbers (millions of people), this means that half of the world's extremely poor 2015 lived in sub-Saharan Africa. The forecast states that 9 out of 10 extremely poor then will live in sub-Saharan Africa in 2030.
Made in Africa makes the future for Africa: Africa is rich in raw materials - but when processing is not done in Africa, Africa does not get rich. Exports of raw materials make Africa loses value added chains, remaining dependent on imports of consumer goods and capital goods. In addition, Africa loses technological development and jobs for a population that, according to the UN, will double in the years 2017 to 2050. La Maison Afrique FAIR TRADE focuses on high value-added goods, does not deal with raw materials. In the colonial trade system, Africa was supplier of raw materials. We work for change.
Madagascar is not only one of the world's countries with the largest share of its population in extreme poverty - it is also a country with one of the world's richest and most unique flora and fauna to preserve. Madagascar, along with smaller neighbouring islands, is one of the world's "biodiversity hotspots". More about under the menu item "Fair Trade crafts for Sustainable Development".
Since start in 1995, La Maison Afrique FAIR TRADE a non-profit Fair Trade organization that supports and cooperates with artisans on Madagascar. "Raison d'être" is summarized in the logo: "Arts & Crafts from Madagascar with respect for environment, people and tradition. FAIR TRADE". The materials used are local natural or recycled materials. Production is small scale and environmentally friendly. The goods is shipped by sea from Madagascar to Sweden. The artisans (most are women) are supported with e.g. interest free loans and export management. La Maison Afrique FAIR TRADE range is presented on the website menu selection "Fair Trade Wholesale". To view prices and order goods, the company (or church congregation) needs to be registered as a customer. Registration is made under menu item "My Account" then "Registration".