Plants, and coast craft
What triggered it
The flora of mangrove areas contains a variety of grasses, including kia (screwpine), some of which can be utilized to manufacture beautiful mats, baskets, and other artefacts. To some extent this was already being done, but the product quality varied, and how could we expedite and encrease production?
What did we do
In several villages we found ambassadors - women - who were prepared to engage themselves on behalf of their villages as project leaders, sort of. With these ambassadors we have organized the plantation, maintenance, harvesting, and refinement to baskets and mats, of nalia grass and kia gras. Training programmes were set up, where women from the ambassadors' villages learnt to manufacture beautiful products and market them.
What is the result
A considerable improvement of the annual family income, noteable for families manufacturing small baskets out of nalia (riverside) grass. Initially, this was the case with families manufacturing mats and other products out of kia grass as well.But some of these families stop doing this after some time. It is a time-taking and meticulous work, which not everyone likes to continue.
Man & Mangroves raised EUR 5.000 in private gifts to make this action possible.