* Please note that these mirrors are unique handmade pieces, some differences may exist between the item you will receive and this picture.
For this range of objects made in Madagascar in recycled sheet metal, KABAMBÎ works with PASSER'AILESThe Atelier d'Ankazobe is located in the rice fields, a few minutes from the centre of Tananarive. The workshop has been developing at its own pace for ten years, in the heart of an entirely Malagasy universe. Its priority is to offer work and training to those who need it most. The objects are made entirely by hand.
Who is PASSER'AILES?
Passer'ailes is a company of solidarity tradecreated in 2004 in Gironde, to promote and distribute the creations of Madagascar's tinsmiths.
Passer'ailes does not intervene in the management of the workshop. It then takes over to establish the link to the outside world and broaden the horizons of Malagasy craftsmen. In Francethrough a light structurePasser'ailes fits its commercial offer to the fluctuating production capacity of the workshopIt makes its partners aware of this constraint.
The distribution of the products respects the rules of fair trade. "Buying fair trade is not an act of generosity, but rather an act of balanced trade where everyone, craftsmen and consumers, can find their place. On this condition, the exchange will be sustainable and will bring the hope of a real development for the craftsmen. Passer'ailes tightly controls its costslimits intermediaries, and is committed to the fair payment the work of each individual to ensure that the prices of the objects remain in line with their manufacturing cost. Its commercial margins are established.
KABAMBî adheres to the Passer'Ailes operating principles and respects the recommended prices, which are considered "ethically correct" by Passer'Ailes.
A showcase for the know-how and creativity of these craftsmen who are forging a more dignified daily life with their hammers, Passer'ailes invites encounters by building a bridge between two worlds that time has separated.
THE ANKAZOBE WORKSHOP :
Violette and Dieudonné, a Madagascan couple who inherited the family tinplate businessThey have developed this project, brick by brick, to counteract misery and despair. They refuse fatality and have imagined a workshop, a place to live, where each worker can find a decent life. Today, 400 men and women have built their lives here. Here, there is no assembly line work, no sophisticated tools, we work on the ground and we learn with others, always keeping our hands free.
Everyone finds their placeThey are all there, regardless of their skills, age or disability. Mothers with their babies, older women, deaf-mute adults, young delinquents, each one is concentrated on his or her task, but the looks we see radiate the same smile, that of rediscovered dignity. Crouched down among the workers, Violette explains, adjusts, organizes the work.
Dieudonné, surrounded by a few attentive craftsmen, draws ambitious projects on the red earth.
The wind that pushes this Noah's Ark The project is not limited to shaping iron, it accompanies the life of the workers. The project is not limited to shaping the iron, it accompanies the life of the workers: "We must master the daily routine, so that everyone works in serenity" says Dieudonné. So, in the middle of the tools, we organized a canteen and a solidarity grocery store, to feed ourselves and our families better.
But the pride of all is the small school built in the middle of the filled rice field. A hundred children learn to read and write in five impeccably kept classrooms. One day here," Dieudonné says with a smile, "we will build a high school!