Social & Employment
Durban (Afrique du Sud)
Maria Caniati Dinard
€25,000 at the selection committee meeting on 21 October 2019
Savoir-Fair works in the South African city of Durban to promote sustainable development. Its mission is to pass on a range of eco-responsible values to the public. In this context, it champions the ethical know-how of South African artisans who use sustainable materials or resources and are concerned about their social and/or environmental impact.
A circular economy network
In order to bring its project to fruition, Savoir-Fair first selected producers committed to this ethos. It then grouped them together in a network so that they could be better identified by consumers as "green" artisans, creating products that respect people and the environment. Savoir-Fair also provides network members with services to support their sustainability and development. Among these, putting members in contact with each other in order to encourage exchanges about their respective activities is essential. It also promotes, on the ground as well as in the media, the human stories that underlie these artisanal initiatives. Savoir-Fair would eventually like to become an expert structure in the field of responsible consumer products.
To successfully accomplish its mission, Savoir-Fair, in the heart of Durban, aims to create an educational green third place. It will include a vegetable garden and a communal eating area serving fresh produce sourced from organic urban farming. Workshops will be organised to explain permaculture and organic compost in an urban environment. This space, designed on the basis of ecological principles and supported by the Veolia Foundation, will highlight sustainable development around two themes.
Raising public awareness about waste recovery
The first will consist of raising public awareness about the environment and the value of the circular economy in everyday life (reuse, reduction and transformation of solid waste). Based on this circularity, which aims to produce and consume objects with the least possible impact on the environment, Savoir-Fair will offer solidarity programs to share knowledge and know-how. The association will also organize free, educational, interactive and fun public events on the topic.
Supporting a responsible craft industry
The second theme Savoir-Fair will highlight concerns integration into the world of work. With this in mind, the association will offer opportunities for sharing skills related to entrepreneurship, as well as more specific professional training covering innovative design from waste. This third place will therefore have a workshop for transforming waste into valuable products. Through these actions, the association will support locally based eco-responsible craft entrepreneurs.
This third place, which seeks to epitomize the reconnection between urban dwellers and nature, between people and between young people and their potential, can be replicated in other communities in Africa.