Promoter: Association for the Homeless (La Association Accueil des Sans-Abri or ASA).
The ASA has been working in Madagascar since 1991 for families in the capital city who suffer from lack of qualifications, precarious employment conditions, poor hygiene facilities and insufficient educational provision for children. To address these situations the Centre for Crafts Training was created, where courses in crafts are developed to teach various crafts and skills in order to enable students to set up small-scale commercial ventures of their own.
Harambee contribution in 2006 : 45,0000 euro.
a)courses in crafts to teach various crafts and skills in order to enable students to set up small-scale commercial ventures of their own
b)courses in literacy, hygiene, home management, etc. During the training period (about one year) the families are given economic support by the Association so that they can concentrate on the courses and not have to worry about financial problems. The Association also implements administrative procedures to register the future craftsmen with the national chamber of commerce so that their work is officially recognized. Additionally, the Association has a micro-credit system to ensure the economic viability of the developing businesses. Once the training period is complete and the business has been set up, the Association continues to offer ongoing support to ex-trainees in their work.
Beneficiaries: 75 heads of families per year (70% women and 30% men). Families have an average of 5 children.