The Republic of Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world, with a population of approximately 23 million people and 18 Malagasy tribes of different ethnic make up. These groups include the Merina, Betsileo, Antaimoro, Sakalava, and Betsimisaraka. Although there are racial differences, Malagasy people share a common language and culture because much of the Malagasy culture is influenced by the Asian-African origin of the island’s people, which has lead to a unique and diverse society with complex customs.

 

Madagascar is one of the poorest countries in the world, with poverty increasing substantially over the last two decades. The poverty assessment estimates that about 70 percent of the population is categorized as poor, leading to many individuals not having the access to quality food and suffering with malnutrition.

 

70% of the country’s population lives below the poverty line

 

STITCH SAINTE LUCE, SAINTE LUCE BAY

SEED MADAGASCAR WORKS TO ASSIST THE PEOPLE OF MADAGASCAR TO ACHIEVE THE MILLENNIUM DEVELOPMENT GOALS BY RESPONDING TO THE MOST CRITICAL NEEDS OF THE COMMUNITIES IN THE ANOSY REGION. STITCH SAINTE LUCE IS A PART OF SEED, BASED IN THE REMOTE VILLAGE OF SAINTE LUCE BAY IN SOUTHERN MADAGASCAR. THEY SUPPORT WOMEN IN BUSINESS TO EMBROIDER BESPOKE PIECES INSPIRED BY THEIR LOCAL ENVIRONMENT. WATCH OUR VISIT BELOW.