Family concerns and cooperatives from Madagascar have their handmade products marketed by an umbrella organisation called Mahafaly. All of these producers receive higher than average prices, interest-free loans, advance payments and permanent contracts.
The social environment of these workers is also taken care of and apart from all this they also receive help and support from MANDA, a care organisation from Madagascar. MANDA runs a social centre and two workshops that train apprentices in the Capital of Madagascar, Antanonarivo, to help the social integration of homeless youth and children. These kids are always welcome and receive good food and free medical care.
At these workshops they can take part in apprenticeships that help them into self-employment. The profit made from the marketing of these tin models goes directly to Zaza e.v, a society affiliated directly to MANDA which takes care of the organisations financial organising and their personnel. The idea for these tin Vespas originated from the street kids themselves, who mostly grow up as orphans. They simply began, of their own accord, constructing models from old drink cans.
The colourful vehicles they created, including the scooters, became so popular that Mahafaly took on the process of having them made in various art workshops located in the capital. This has resulted in models of many well known vehicles being cleverly constructed using old tin cans and other recyclable materials which shows the ingenuity of the Madagascan artisans, as well as the newly created worldwide advertisement of these items. Alongside the tin vehicles, Mahafaly also works together with artists producing hand-carved wooden products.
Important note: These models are meant as ornaments and are not suitable for use as toys!
Toy not suitable for children under 3 years. To be used under the direct supervision of an adult.