August was quite a busy month for JARDS. Malawi hosted the Heads of State of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) as well the the African Union (AU) Women’s Meeting. The Ministry of Trade invited artisans to showcase their products at the SADC meeting while the Ministry of Gender invited female artisans to showcase their products at the AU meeting.
We got invited to showcase at BOTH meetings :)! It was a week of showcasing our baskets and we also did sell quite a few – highlight was when the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo Joseph Kabila selected our stand as one of those he stopped at to ask questions.
President J Kabila at the JARDS Stand at this years SADC Summit
We are also now on the right track with our exports to Cape Town. Ashanti Design (www.ashantidesign.com) asked us to make a few products and one of our mats are already on their Facebook page and has garnered quite some interest… Have a look at the below
Exciting times ahead!