Shop Inventory Tour April 2019

If you see something that catches your eye, make a note of the following and it shouldn’t be too difficult to locate it for pick-up/drop-off – size (is it a large beach basket with zig-zag trim? medium? small tote?) – design (stripes [wide or thin], spots[large/small]) –trim/lining colour. The large bags in particular are most…

Growing the Nations Therapy Programmes

Now that Josh and I no longer live in Madagascar, Distaff&Spindle has redirected the investment of profits to well organized non-profit organizations that focus their aid on the poorest of the poor. One of these is Growing the Nations Therapy Programmes. Anri-Louise is one of my dearest friends. She has done some pretty mind-blowingly amazing things in…

Artisan Profile: Alumada

There are a few shops on the side of the road selling aluminum products – pots, utensils, decoration items and jewelry – in our area of town. Most of these things come from Ambatolampy, a town along the road to Antsirabe, south of the capital Antananarivo. Josh, visiting one such vendor, discovered that the attelier (workshop) could…