Scaling the Solution: How do you intend to scale your activities over the next two years (e.g., reach new markets, diversify solutions, etc.)? What will make this possible?
We intend to increase rate of items offered&spread these in all existing outlets throughout the territory.Other objectives are:to compete with products made in China,etc &promote the national brand ‘Made in Moris’so as to slowly decrease importation of these items.Unexpected world crisis may decrease the number of visitors in the future.To remedy the situation,some items will be produced for the local market,such as corporate gifts&items inspired by international events such as the World Cup 2014 in Brazil.Special items made for internationally recognized sites such as the Appravasi Ghat & Le Morne Heritage Site,both of which are recognized as UNESCO World Heritage.Items will be made & exported to other Indian Ocean Islands through the IOC.
Financial Sustainability: What is your business model to ensure financial sustainability?
MADE IN HEAVEN-shop & workshop is located near SSR Botanic Garden-a world known garden,visited by 600 visitors daily.The same visitors often visit our workshop where artisanal items made from reused & recycled materials are handcrafted on the spot before their eyes.They can then purchase similar items on display at the attached shop.Thus, the initiative is self-sustainable as items sold generate income to run the general initiative.
Experience: Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
MADE IN HEAVEN team has successfully engaged local communities from deprived backgrounds in the running of four clustering workshops.These include a Pandanus waiving workshop at Grand Sable village-for fishers wives and families;Coconut workshop at Agalega for the isolated community living on the island;a textile recycling workshop at Petit Raffray village & a glass recycling workshop at Long Mountain Village to provide employment to the needy.