December 2012  

Overall

We think it's wonderful a workshop after the concept of Tuma-Viela is being set up in Gambia at the moment. We loved making short video's for our colleagues there, on how to make a school bag and pencil case. Articles from our workshop are on their way to them. We are looking forward to good results from them and hope we will learn a lot from each other.  
     
November 2012  

Education

We put our classroom into use. When children come to hand in their sachets on Saturday, our 'Education Day', they get to choose the article they want and then take place at the big table in the classroom. Hamdia talks to them, lets them share their stories and they sing a song about litter, accompanied by guitar.  
     
September 2012  

Products

The best promotion we can get: a group of elated children leaving the workshop and having to cross the entire city to get home.  
     
August 2012  

Pollution

Tamale joins us in the fight against litter. Due to blocked sewage pipes, there were many floods this rainy season, resulting in total chaos. A huge billboard was placed at a strategic point, with the message 'Don't drop plastic litter'.   
     
June 2012  

Overall

We have new aprons. They are not just a beautiful sight, but they also save us a lot of work. Our clothes get dirty and sandy after five minutes work, so we always spend a lot of time washing them. What's more: this saves us all water and since water is scarce, these new working clothes are a godsend in many ways.  
     
May 2012  

Education

In the Netherlands, I visited a number of schools to talk about our project and to thank the children and the school management for their wonderful support. This photograph was taken at Het Veenpluis, a school in Zevenhuizen. This school collected empty bottles and donated the deposit money to us.     
     
April 2012  

Pollution

There finally seems to be a good solution for our surplus stock of sachets. We sell our surplus, especially the bags that are too old and can't be used for our products, at a small price. They get shipped to China and will be recycled into new products. This closes the circle! We worked hard at 'reduce' and 'reuse', and now 'recycle' has taken its place in our workshop too.  
     
Februari 2012  

Overall

Across from our old workshop, which has really become to small for 16 workers, hard work is being done to finish the new workshop. The entrance is almost ready, the renovated roof keeps out the rain and all six rooms have been mutually connected with arches, creating a sea of space. If all goes well, we'll move into our new accommodation 1st July.  
     
Januari 2012  

Overall

January was a record breaking month regarding our number of customers and articles made. Still, even a short month like February seems to be going to break this record. We work hard, bring in extra help sometimes to be able to meet the demand, and, most important of all: we still love what we do.