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When a representative of Oxfam Novib approached us a few months ago to support entrepreneurs in developing countries, we were immediately enthusiastic. This theme is close to our heart since we import bamboo from developing areas in Asia and South America.
Our spectacular growth of recent years has led us to invest more in our partners abroad. Two years ago, we started building additional storage in Indonesia. The entire building was funded by Bamboo Import Europe which helped the supplier tremendously as they would otherwise be forced to take out expensive loans.
|Building our new warehouse in Indonesia (2015)||Finished storage facility (2016)|
By supporting our partners this way we create a sense of security which greatly improves their wellbeing and prosperity. Fair wages for workers are also of crucial importance. People who work with passion create top quality products which obviously benefits our customers.
During our yearly visits we'll always try to organize something special for all employees to thank them for their hard work. We think it is important to express our appreciation to all men and woman who are committed to create great products for us.
Luxury dinner hosted by Bamboo Import Europe in Yogyakarta.
Bamboo Import Europe also supports local farmers. We strongly believe in fair trade and therefore chose to buy all of our raw bamboo materials directly from small local farmers. Since we do not use any middlemen, farmers receive fair prices that are well above the standard market price. The positive impact of this strategy is immediately visible as farmers are now investing in their own bamboo plantations. As it turns out farming bamboo is in many cases more profitable than other more traditional agricultural activities.
Planting bamboo also has a very important ecological aspect. Bamboo grows very fast and produces on average 35% more oxygen than regular trees. This is crucial because large-scale deforestation for palm oil plantations remains a huge problem in Indonesia. To survive, farmers often have no choice than to clear their land for raising cattle or other agricultural activities. Fortunately for them, growing bamboo is now a viable alternative both economically and ecologically!
Oxfam Novib is also committed to entrepreneurial men and woman in developing countries. Thanks to their microfinance program they offer people a chance to build their own business and an independent existence. This way, people can build their own future and a sustainable economy for their country.
We are very proud to make a difference for many people in Indonesia. It is awesome to see a few hundred families benefiting from our joint investments. We know from experience that this approach works and that's why we find it extremely important to support and endorse the work of Oxfam Novib.