AID TO POPULATIONS &
AID TO POPULATIONS &
– OUR COMMITMENTS
Healthcare in Madagascar is very limited and all major operations require evacuation to the large cities, the capital, or Reunion Island for the wealthiest patients. As a result, families often forgo healthcare and, still more, surgical treatment.
Access to drinking water, sometimes impossible, is an aggravating factor for populations requiring care. It is also the cause of many digestive disorders, especially in infants. In this difficult health context, Authentic Products (in partnership with the Firmenich group and Frontier) has chosen to build several wells to help the communities. Construction of these wells started in 2014. Each well benefits the community and approximately 25 to 50 people take advantage of it.
To date, in 2022, 46 wells have already been built at a unit price of 4 million ariary (€1200).
IMPROVMENT OF PRODUCER’S STANDARD OF LIVING
The fluctuation in vanilla prices leads to the vulnerability of populations when the market drops. This is why producers who join Authentic Products’ sustainable programs have an income 8% higher than conventional producers.
Members of the Savanille, Bio Andapa and Authentic Vanille projects benefit from an additional premium of 10 to 25% over the price of conventional vanilla (outside the scope of sustainable projects). This additional premium is defined and adjustable according to the market price of conventional vanilla (10 to 25% depending on the price level). Authentic Products is also encouraging producers to diversify cash crop production through nurseries offering clove and pink peppercorn seedlings.
TRAINING FOR WOMEN
In many countries, women are the mainstay of the family, active members of the community and also responsible for agricultural work. Their education and training therefore contribute to their empowerment in relation to their environment and their community. A module to train women in budget management was created in March 2019. This module comes under the Tsara Kalitao project and was initially entrusted to the NGO GCD (Groupe de Conseil et de Développement) for one year, up to April 2020. Now the module is delivered by trained facilitators. In a country where people live from day to day, the goal of this training course is to learn how to keep the family budget through simple bookkeeping.
Mastery of budget management allows women to analyze their expenditure and income and make medium-term projections. They can thus achieve financial security during the lean season between harvests (February and March) and invest in a personal project.