2010 – Madagascar Sewing Project

During the June 2010 Mid-States Cactus and Succulent Conference, Armand Randrianasolo explained that Madagascar’s natural environment is facing rising pressure from human activities. A Madagascar native, the curator and researcher at Missouri Botanical Garden said the country’s people need options for sustainable development that do not require further alterations of the land. To assist community-based development and help conserve Madagascar’s unique plant and animal resources, Henry Shaw Cactus and Succulent Society made a donation of 10 portable sewing machines to the people of Ambalabe, a farming and ranching community in northeastern Madagascar. Local women will receive training on the machines, then pass on their knowledge to others in the community.

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