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THE ENVIRONMENT


 

Maglifico Ripa has always considered environmental issues to be of the utmost importance. Eco responsible solutions and programmes have been developed over the years aimed at minimising the use of polluting substances and protecting the natural resources on the production sit.
Maglificio Ripa has developed techniques, checks, controls and recycling initiatives that go well beyond what the law requires, allowing the minimisation of pollution levels and ensuring the protection of the environment. Maglificio Ripa is, of course, fully Oeko Tex certified.

 


MAGLIFICIO RIPA AND THEIR COMMITMENT IN TOGO


 

The solidarity project addressed to Akebu people is now having its first success after four years of investments and commitment by both Maglificio Ripa, the only project financer, and the local association Bakhita, whose objective consists in giving a real chance of growth to Akebu women. The territory covered by Akebu people amounts to around 1,174 sq mt with 70,000 inhabitants living in about one hundred villages. Over the last few years this area has been fully devastated by the savage deforestation aimed at the harsh timber exploitation. And women, despite their being the hardest-working, represent the very weak link in the society chain. Since they are mainly involved in household activities, their services are not rewarded. The “Association BAKHITA” has originated from the very need to convert such impediments into occasions of development: the objective of the Association consists in putting black women’s potentialities at the service of the development of Africa. This project has offered the women of the villages the possibility to plant around 20,000 fruit trees, which have fully covered 100kms of the several Akebu-river and -stream sides: besides becoming fruit producers and making fruit available for towns and cities, they have also acquired some purchasing power out of the activity.

The project has been accomplished with the help of an expert who has been involved in the establishment of the nursery by employing the associated women’s labour. Human Dignity and Family are the values which have inspired the project in Togo and have always fostered the development of Maglificio Ripa. For four years the company has been pursuing its sustenance in the full belief that the African women of that territory are to be worthy to be respected and paid for their work. Today we can actually see the development occurred: trees have grown up and women can see their hopes becoming slowly true and real. The opportunity of a profitable work is coming closer and closer to all people of the villages involved. The growth of the project has become a strong motivating force and an essential encouragement as much as work and will for success has inspired and joined these women.

“I am constantly updated on project progress and results by Don Beniamino, the project missionary Head; – states Luca Bianco, managing director of Maglificio Ripa – everybody has been involved by these people’s enthusiasm for some kind of work which will be able to contribute to improving their fate and our wish for solidarity has improved as well. The possibility of ascertaining the proper use of allocated funds has built our confidence in the value of these projects”.