DO SCHOOL PARTNERS WITH H&M TO CREATE GREEN STORES

Look at who’s just received press coverage – yup yours truly ūüôā

The DO School (Formerly known as Dekeyser & Friends Academy) has teamed up with H & M on the Green Store Challenge, Its aimed at 18-28 year old social entrepreneurs and you can read more about this on their website www.thedoschool.org 

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Opportunities, Collaborations and much more…

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 Рhighlight 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.

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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

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Exciting times ahead!

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Where the magic happens…

Where the magic happens….

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Where the magic happens…

We are still trying to finish our workshop so that we are able to produce our products all year around as we are still working out in the open and production stops when it starts to rain, we are slowly getting there. But for the time being – the magic of JARDS Products happens under shaded trees…

We have had quite a hectic month and all hands are needed on deck. Its so cool when my kids play around with wicker – I remember learning how to weave from my mom when I was 14, my kids want to learn like NOW :)!!!

In Malawi pretty much all the artisans learn how to weave, carve or even painting from their parents or friends as there are no arts school here and these skills are passed on from one generation to another.

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Score!!! First exports to Cape Town!!!

We have recently received an interest from a company in Cape Town to start importing JARDS baskets! How exciting :D ! Products.

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Trade Fairs, Mentoring, Family, Friends….

Trade Fairs, Mentoring, Family, Friends…..

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Trade Fairs, Mentoring, Family, Friends….

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JARDS Products was lucky enough this year to be once again chosen as one of the twenty businesses to be sponsored to attend the 26th Malawi International Trade Fair at the Malawi Confederation of Chambers, Commerce & Industry grounds in … Continue reading

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