Trash to Treasure project: new skills for a fresh start for detainees at the Mauritius Women’s Prison | Ciel Textile Website
More than just handicraft: The Trash to Treasure project is about crafting a whole new story for its beneficiaries!
Empowerment of vulnerable individuals
Launched by CDL in 2016, this initiative empowers vulnerable individuals by teaching them how to make handicrafts from fabric leftovers. In December 2022, the project was extended to detainees at the Mauritius Women’s Prison, at Beau-Bassin. Around 30 detainees have been trained so far.
“Once we have served our prison sentence, it is very hard to find a job. We are often rejected. This project brings hope. When we come out of here, we will be able to become entrepreneurs, and prove ourselves,” one detainee, from the first batch of 15, says.
Transforming fabric leftovers into handicrafts
Beneficiaries are taught by Corine Layove, who now runs her own business after benefiting from the project years ago. During training sessions, the detainees learn how to transform fabric leftovers into flowerpots, handbags, chairs, etc. CDL provides the raw materials and facilitates the sale of the end products in CIEL Group’s hotels and at public fairs.
“Sustainability is at the very heart of our development. We are deeply committed to protecting the environment and promoting social integration. This project stems from this longstanding dedication to having a positive social impact,” explains Eric Dorchies, Chief Executive Officer of CIEL Textile.
The Commissioner of Prisons, Jaganaden Rungadoo, commends the initiative: “You bring value to these people, who are usually poorly regarded by society. At the prison, we emphasize the importance of getting back on one’s feet. Fortunately, there are NGOs and private groups, such as CIEL Textile, that support them.”
Stay tuned for upcoming Sustainability initiatives at CIEL Textile!