Following last year’s knowledge exchange trip, two new members and a plethora of new skills honed, the Jeto cooperative is going from strength to strength.
The group will be collaborating with Lima-based designer, CHINCHE to produce a bag collection. Ten members of the group took part in a series of workshops to discuss production. From development, costing and pricing, to deciding individual roles in the making process, all aspects of these workshops will be invaluable when offers of trade start to come through. This news has a triple benefit; it empowers women, generates sustainable income for the community and raises awareness of the Jeto brand.
A good education can transform lives. Yet, around half of Papua New Guinea’s children don’t go to school. A lack of education leaves local people vulnerable to exploitation in many different ways, so our partner communities are making children’s schooling a top priority.
For the children of Wabumari, your support means less time working and more time to focus on the things that really matter – like getting an education. Even if children make the grade, issues like transport costs, food and school materials stand in the way of their progress. That’s why the community association has chosen to award Silo Silo primary school money to assist 16 students in to further education. Thanks to your ongoing support, our rainforest partners can put education at the top of the curriculum.
Aside from the mining of conflict minerals, one of the biggest drivers of deforestation is through a subsistence economy based on the uncontrolled exploitation of natural resources such as wood for fuel and construction materials, and bushmeat for protein. But for Cool Earth’s partners in Lubutu, a subsistence economy is the only means of survival.
Thanks to your support, we've been working to deliver solutions to benefit the local communities in this area of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Following the success of the stove project, which has been enthusiastically received and implemented by community members, the plan is to scale up to develop and deliver a new sustainable livelihoods initiative.
Creating sustainable income streams is a top priority for our partner communities. If a family can gain an income it will outweigh lucrative offers from logging companies, long-term.
Thanks to your support, Cool Earth’s Awajún partners have been able to explore creative and resourceful ways to keep trees standing. Next up? Growing and harvesting rice. Rice has a double benefit. It can be sold at the market as well as providing food for the community.
The Jempe Community Association in Huaracayo used money from the community pot to form a rice committee and bought a new rice threshing machine. This machine extracts the grain from the seed cases known as chaff, so it is ready to be cooked, or sold at the local market. So far, the Huaracayo community has planted 64 acres of rice and sold S/6,160 (approx. £1400).