Creating a Sustainable Destination
in the Warm Heart of Africa
Creating a Sustainable Destination in the
Warm Heart of Africa
Check out the posters below to get to know the people and understand the processes behind all of our products.
The objective of the shop is to:
Provide the craftspeople with a platform to sell and showcase the crafts made in Cape Maclear, in one place for a fair price.
Encourage locals to learn trades and expand that knowledge throughout the village.
Educate the community on the importance of tourism and sustainability by trying to shift their mindset about waste .
Become innovative and creative with waste to help manage Cape Maclears waste management.
Create a sustainable business run by a local committee to create a profitable business.
We are hoping that the centre and the shop will become self sustaining. It is currently being sponsored and organised by Alan Joffe(owner of Mgoza Lodge) with 3 employess to collect and sort the rubbish.
We will be working in conjunction with Malawi National Parks and Wildlife, Malawi Ministry of Tourism, all Cape Maclear stake holders (lodges, small businesses and tour guides) and the community in effort to clean up Cape Maclear.
Cape Maclear Recycling Shop
Since the opening of the Cape Maclear recycling centre in January 2017, the community has come on in leaps and bounds. Not only has it encouraged to keep the community clean, created jobs, educated the locals on it's importance but it has also created the recycling shop.
The shop has been open since August 2017 and is situated between Mphipe and Indaba Lodge on the main village road. The shop is run by 3 local women, Mery Kalitera, Girinisi Switch and Enala Chataika. They make products from recycled material and are responsible for the running and the finances of the shop. Each item sold in the shop includes its own (recycled) piece of paper with the breakdown of cost.
The recycling centre takes all waste and recyclables from the lodges and will eventually move onto local bars, the markets and the entire community. Ultimately, we are trying to gradually build awareness about the correct disposal of garbage in the community. We currently collect 3 times a week from the lodges, where the recyclables are sorted and handed over to the people making products for the shop.