My Nonprofit Reviews
Review for Conservation Through Poverty Alleviation International Inc, Lincoln, MA, USA
I have been a design and marketing consultant, a trainer, and a business coach to CPALI and its project in Maroantsetra, Madagascar since 2015. The silk cocoon materials fascinated me and presented a challenge like no other. The location of the workshop is remote. It suffers from lack of infrastructure, more intense storms, and the challenging conditions of rural life in a country that has a host of problems that often seem insurmountable. Against all odds, SEPALI is The Little Engine That Could. They make beautiful products, deliver them on time, and are dedicated to learning new skills. The benefit that additional income brings the artisans helps them send their children to school, pay for healthcare and become better stewards of their environment. I have been so impressed with the serious effort of the artisans and their local leaders that I also volunteer my time to help them to become sustainable. Many international aid organizations seem to have given up on Madagascar, as it's just too difficult a place for success. Not CPALI! The mission is large, the budget small, and donations will be put to extremely good use.