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From Farm to Table – women supporting women

From Farm to Table – women supporting women

In rural Venda villages, the baobab tree is traditionally a meeting place for the community to come together to resolve problems and find out the best way to mutually support each other.  In the spirit of women's month, we share this Farm To Table story of Bonga Foods (Mary and Nancy) who came to visit EcoProducts […]

Ecotrade empowers many women…

Ecotrade empowers many women…

…and Annah Mendela is just one of them. After being inspired by previous films made in collaboration with PhytoTrade and EcoProducts, Greg Cameron has created this warm and sensitve portrait of Annah, showing how by collecting baobab fruit for EcoProducts, she has been able to turn her life around.  A short 2.5 minute film that's so beautifully made it will stay with […]

Film maker Greg Cameron: do less, do it better, make it matter more

Film maker Greg Cameron: do less, do it better, make it matter more

Recently, Greg Cameron was commissioned by PhytoTrade to make a film on baobabs in which he records the stories of the baobab fruit collectors and how baobab fruit help them improve their lives. Here, Itai Chibiya, PhytoTrade's Monitoring and Research Evaluator is being filmed while being interviewed.   EcoProducts was chosen as the site for the interviews.  Sarah […]

2013 Dec: 50 new baobab babies!

2013 Dec: 50 new baobab babies!

Last month,  50 rural women harvesters attended a  baobab growing and sustainable harvesting course.  I had such fun with this, taking 50 rural women baobab fruit harvesters on a field trip from Zigodini village to Pafuri River Camp Nursery, on the banks of the Mutale River. The course was done with a mixture of practical […]

Baobab fruit powder: a jamboree!

Baobab fruit powder: a jamboree!

Last week when the Venda women came to visit the EcoProducts factory, we decided to do something deliciously fun in the afternoon! I taught them how to make baobab jam and they each went home with a jar that we had made that day.  The idea is for them to make it themselves at home […]

where do you go with the baobab fruit?

where do you go with the baobab fruit?

Last week while on a photo shoot in Venda,  the harvesters asked me where I went with all the baobab fruit I buy from them.  So I said, why don’t you come and see?  We worked out the taxi money from Venda and back and set a date for the following Thursday.   The women […]

TAMBANI: African Embroidery

TAMBANI: African Embroidery

Last week, you met Sani Madau one of the Venda women who does embroidery to supplement her income.  Now I want to introduce you to the lady who makes it possible – Ina Le Roux.  She has created a wonderful business supporting rural Venda women who embroider such beautiful work. Read her absolutely heartwarming story […]

and the harvesting and processing season begins!

and the harvesting and processing season begins!

After our community workshop on Monday, my manager Colly started visiting the villages to buy our first fruit for the season.  The fruit are packed into bags then loaded onto our pick-up and trailer.  Each women is paid on delivery, so that she does not have to wait for payment.   The bags of fruit are transported […]