Interviews

Fako: the Beninese fruit juice company coached by the TDC

Colette Yehouénou lives in Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin. She was only thirteen when her father died, forcing her to stop her studies to look after her three brothers: “At the time, I already loved cooking, but I turned to haute couture. I trained and set up my own business. I combined sewing and haberdashery. I had customers who bought their supplies from me and one day one of them explained to me that he was taking a course in food processing. I was very interested, and I signed up for the second promotion”.

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L’envol du colibri in Namur: the fashion boutique doing its part

After two and half years of selling clothes via private sales and at fair trade shows, at the end of 2019 Sophie Depas and Esther Sougné opened the L’envol du colibri boutique in Namur. They support the idea of ethical and sustainable fashion, through brands for both women and men. An interview with the two ladies.

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Biogarantie Belgium label: combining organic farming, local production and fair trade

The Biogarantie label is in the process of evolving towards a Biogarantie Belgium label. Objective ? To be ever more responsible and demanding on the notion of “organic”, to highlight Belgian production and processing, to guarantee a fair price for the workers in the agricultural chain, in short, a whole set of specifications defined by the farmers themselves in agreement with the other operators in the sector. This also represents a challenge of pooling points of view.

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Mr. Manchette converts fair fashion novices with sustainable shirts

“Our shirts should catch the eye of the buyer first and foremost because they are stylish and high quality. In doing so they prove this goes hand in hand with fairness and sustainability.” These are the words of An Boone, founder of the Belgian fair fashion brand Mr. Manchette. With her sustainable men’s shirts she fills a gap in both conventional clothing and fair fashion shops.

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Kari’T Care: Responsibly produced cosmetics

Between Parakou (Benin) where they get their shea butter and Sombreffe (Belgium) where their cosmetics and soaps are made, Nathalie and her husband Wassi have decided to do without as many middlemen as possible. This allows them to better manage the sector and to pay the women producers in the village of Parakou. And it also contributes to making their natural cosmetics a range of very high quality.

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IDEP, a vegetable oil producer in Burundi and Uganda

Denise Nzeyimana and Adélard Nkeshimana run IDEP, a company producing sunflower oil in Burundi. Since 2017, the company has received coaching from the Trade Development Centre. A look back at an entrepreneurial experience and the impressive progress the company has made.

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Fako: the Beninese fruit juice company coached by the TDC

Colette Yehouénou lives in Cotonou, the economic capital of Benin. She was only thirteen when her father died, forcing her to stop her studies to look after her three brothers: “At the time, I already loved cooking, but I turned to haute couture. I trained and set up my own business. I combined sewing and haberdashery. I had customers who bought their supplies from me and one day one of them explained to me that he was taking a course in food processing. I was very interested, and I signed up for the second promotion”.

Read more »

L’envol du colibri in Namur: the fashion boutique doing its part

After two and half years of selling clothes via private sales and at fair trade shows, at the end of 2019 Sophie Depas and Esther Sougné opened the L’envol du colibri boutique in Namur. They support the idea of ethical and sustainable fashion, through brands for both women and men. An interview with the two ladies.

Read more »

Biogarantie Belgium label: combining organic farming, local production and fair trade

The Biogarantie label is in the process of evolving towards a Biogarantie Belgium label. Objective ? To be ever more responsible and demanding on the notion of “organic”, to highlight Belgian production and processing, to guarantee a fair price for the workers in the agricultural chain, in short, a whole set of specifications defined by the farmers themselves in agreement with the other operators in the sector. This also represents a challenge of pooling points of view.

Read more »

Mr. Manchette converts fair fashion novices with sustainable shirts

“Our shirts should catch the eye of the buyer first and foremost because they are stylish and high quality. In doing so they prove this goes hand in hand with fairness and sustainability.” These are the words of An Boone, founder of the Belgian fair fashion brand Mr. Manchette. With her sustainable men’s shirts she fills a gap in both conventional clothing and fair fashion shops.

Read more »

Kari’T Care: Responsibly produced cosmetics

Between Parakou (Benin) where they get their shea butter and Sombreffe (Belgium) where their cosmetics and soaps are made, Nathalie and her husband Wassi have decided to do without as many middlemen as possible. This allows them to better manage the sector and to pay the women producers in the village of Parakou. And it also contributes to making their natural cosmetics a range of very high quality.

Read more »

IDEP, a vegetable oil producer in Burundi and Uganda

Denise Nzeyimana and Adélard Nkeshimana run IDEP, a company producing sunflower oil in Burundi. Since 2017, the company has received coaching from the Trade Development Centre. A look back at an entrepreneurial experience and the impressive progress the company has made.

Read more »

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