EcoProducts Foundation

EcoProducts Foundation

Creating a Culture of Caring

For thousands of years, baobabs have made an important contribution to people’s livelihoods for food, fibre and medicine in Africa.  More recently, the global trade in baobab powder and oil has become an important source of income for many rural families. EcoProducts works with rural people, producing baobab powder and oil which is then sold to the manufacturing and retail sectors.  This provides the local Venda communities with employment and much needed income.

However, I feel there is still so much more that can be done to promote not only environmental awareness, but also social upliftment. I decided to create a non-profit organisation, the EcoProducts Foundation so that we could make a stronger connection between global markets and the source of baobab fruit. This allows for benefits to flow directly to the care for these ancient trees and to the lives of the women and children who live around them.

I’ve called it Creating a Culture of Caring because I believe caring for ourselves, others and our environment is so urgently needed in our world right now. Caring needs to become not just something we do every now and then, but what we do on a continual basis so that to care becomes naturally embedded in our culture.

We’ve identified two key areas which would benefit significantly from our care.  The one specifically supports the education of pre-school children (Baobab Pre-School Programme) and the other is the growing of baobab trees (Baobab Guardians Project).

We’ve created this opportunity for our customers and business partners around the world to become part of our culture of caring.

Please read on below to learn more about these two programmes and see how you can join us in making an important contribution.

Contact me at sarah@ecoproducts.co.za if you’d like to contribute or find out more.

Thank you.

Sarah Venter

Dr Sarah Venter

 

Our projects

  • Baobab Pre-school Programme

    Baobab Pre-school Programme

    Rural women have busy lives and have to support their families by engaging in multiple activities that keep them busy all day long. Thus everyday many children are left at pre-school centers in the village. EcoProducts Foundation has selected a number of these pre-school centers to support. The type of support each pre-schools is given is guided by the individual their individual needs and includes training for the caregivers, educational toys, nutritional food and structural improvements to the centres.

    Read more about Baobab Pre-school Programme
  • Baobab Guardians Programme

    Baobab Guardians Programme

    The Baobab Guardians programme works with baobab fruit collectors themselves to grow and take care of young baobab seedlings. The collectors are encoraged to grow baobab seedlings in their home gardens until the trees are strong enough to survive being planted out. Trees are then planted around homesteads and the village and are looked after by “Baobab Guardians” until they are strong enough to survive for the next thousand years.

    Read more about Baobab Guardians Programme