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Social integration

& development projects

A fraternal relationship

Organising for the future

Small and traditional villages are scattered around the Protected Area. The Anjajavy peninsula offers a harmonious social lifestyle deeply related to nature and an opportunity for socio-economic integration and sustainable development. It is also a place of inner well-being, without ostentation, reflecting the gentleness of a population.

Since its creation, Anjajavy le lodge has financed voluntary entrepreneurship for boat transport, traditional fishing, beekeeping, and market gardening. The lodge has lent micro-credits to support four villages within the Protected Area and their inhabitants. Anjajavy le Lodge and its clients’ donations allow these initiatives to continue by building and renovating infrastructures for living, exchange, education, and work.

Villages in the protected area

Many villages and hamlets are scattered throughout the Protected Area. The lodge particularly supports four main villages: Anjajavy, Ambodro Ampasy, Antsangabe and Amboaboaka.

Each of these villages has between 800 and 1800 inhabitants who live mainly from tourism through the hotel but also from fishing, apiculture, agriculture and handicraft.

For the last few years, the villages have started to develop. Indeed, they now all have at least one well, public sanitary facilities, a dispensary or clinic, a primary school, and a covered market square. In addition to these infrastructures, Anjajavy has also a nursery school and a secondary school, a solar charging station, an embroidery shop, and a sculpture workshop.

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Anjajavy

About 1,800 inhabitants live in Anjajavy village. The main activity of these inhabitants is linked to tourism since 40% of the working population are employed by the hotel. The second subsistence activity is traditional fishing as 30% of the villagers are fishermen. The rest of the population focus on agriculture and handicraft.

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Ambondro Ampasy

Approximately 800 inhabitants: 40% live from traditional fishing, 30% from tourism, 20% from transport and 10% from agriculture.

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Antsangabe

About 1,200 inhabitants: 70% live from agriculture and farming, 20% from tree farming and 10% from cart transport.

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Amboaboaka

About 1,300 inhabitants: 75% live from agriculture and farming, 15% from tree farming and 10% from cart transport.

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Anjajavy

About 1,800 inhabitants live in Anjajavy village. The main activity of these inhabitants is linked to tourism since 40% of the working population are employed by the hotel. The other essential activity is the traditional fishing which represents 30% of the activities of the villagers. Agriculture and livestock occupy the rest of the population.

Ambondro Ampasy

Approximately 800 inhabitants who live at 40% thanks to the traditional fishing sector, at 30% from tourism, at 20% from transport and at 10% from agriculture.

Antsangabe

About 1200 inhabitants who live at 70% thanks to the agriculture and livestock sector, at 20% from wood and at 10% from cart transport.

Amboaboaka

About 1300 inhabitants who live at 75% thanks to the agriculture and livestock sector, at 15% from wood and at 10% from cart transport.

Development projects

Social

Economic

Medical

Sustainable

Economic projects

As an experiential lodge, Anjajavy le lodge invites guests to visit craft markets at the nearby villages. These marketplaces allow the Sakalava people to exhibit their know-how and are mainly occupied by local woodcutters or embroiderers on traditional fabrics.

In addition to its financial support for crafts development, the lodge is the region’s largest employer and, therefore, strongly participates in local staff and farmers’ economic growth.

Anjajavy le lodge cooperates with the elected officials responsible for the neighbouring villages ranging from the Mayor of the municipality to the councils of the elderly Sojabe and Sojavavo.

 

Medical support

The lodge has opened a private clinic on the premises. A doctor and a midwife are employed full time and take care of  medical emergencies within the four neighbouring villages for a total population of roughly 6,000 people.

All our employees and their families benefit from free consultations.

Since 2016, the clinic carry out antimalarial prophylaxis every year for all the villagers.
Weekly awareness campaigns are organized throughout the villages to address topics such as contraception and hygiene.

 

A sustainable environment

In 2015, Anjajavy le lodge initiated the first Anjajavy Nature Festival. During this annual event, the population shows its interest in preserving local biodiversity.

Since then, several events have been added regularly to the meeting calendar. Among other things, the annual “La Marche des Employés” brings all our employees together. They cross the Anjajavy forest from north to south. This event raises awareness among the population on the following subjects: planting seeds, fire-fighting signs, deforestation, and poaching.

In 2017, intensive reforestation of nursery trees had been carried out by seven foresters for three months.
And in 2018, an area of ​​over 26,694 acres of forest was officially granted Anjajavy Protected Area status.