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Madagascar Antsirabe

Madagascar - Equimada
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With this project, which started in 2006, a fair trade cooperative has been created, named EQUIMADA. Its main activity is essential oil production. An 8 hectare field has been bought to benefit the cooperative where 25,000 trees have been planted. Among them, we find tree species with economic interest (pine, eucalyptus, citrus fruits, pear trees, ravintsara…) as well as shrubby and herbaceous species (geranium, sweet potatoes, rosemary…).


In 2010, a new 1,200 liters still has been bought to reduce energy consumption and increase yield. A new wave of plantation is planned in this area. Moreover many farmers of the cooperative expressed their will to plant on their own plot.


The Coeur de Forêt Madagascar range was launched in October 2011! It is composed of 20 essential oils and 5 vegetal oils thanks to which cooperative members will be able to sell a end product and thus get maximum added-value.


In the beginning of 2012, 3,000 trees have been planted as well as 5,000 geranium plants. The construction of two eco-tourism huts is in progress. They will be made of mud-brick (unbaked clay) and it will be possible to welcome the first visitors in June 2012.


Eventually, the whole team is proud of the first sending of tagete essential oil to the United States. 1/3 of the total commercial value has been paid to farmers, therefore increasing their income.



Pictures slide show

Ignauguration de la coopérative Equimada en 2006
Enfants devant la coopérative en 2006
Enfants de paysans de la coopérative en 2006
Tous les paysans de la coopérative Equimada en 2006
Le maire du village, Mr Naina et Mr Deravin
Lors de l'ignauguration, le maire du village, Mr Naina (chargé mission sur le projet) et Mr Deravin (directeur de l'association) ont coupé le ruban !
Mr Naina, chargé de mission
Plantation du premier arbre en 2006 !
Terrain vierge avant la plantation en 2006
Le terrain a été acheté au profit de la coopérative EQUIMADA. Il abrite le local de la coopérative et les plantations.
4 ans après en 2010, le local et le nouveau panneau du projet
Les femmes de la coopérative avec les huiles essentielles
2010 : Les arbres poussent !
2010 : membre de la coopérative devant sa production de géranium
Devant l'alambic de 1200 litres
Production d'huile essentielle d'hélychrisum
Remplissage de l'alambic à partir des feuilles d'hélychrise odorante, dans la joie et la bonne humeur !
On tasse dans l'alambic !
La fierté de voir les produits finis
La fierté de voir les produits finis
Les Waters Guardians toutes générations confondus
Les Waters Guardians la nouvelle génération !
Enfant jouant avec un ballon



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To go further, here are the latest progress reports:

2010 Achievements and 2011 Forecasts

2011 Achievements and 2012 Forecasts
Report 1st semester 2012

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