So how can Cotton made in Africa products help you return a smile to the environment? Those farmers whose cotton fields are located close to a national park in Africa often struggle with elephants that are attracted by the sweet scent of corn growing next to cotton. Through Cotton made in Africa, smallholder farmers learn to protect their yields with the natural help of bees, who are much feared by elephants. While bees do not actually harm the elephants, they keep them at a safe distance from the cotton fields, protecting them as well as the smallholders‘ yields. Cotton made in Africa partners therefore collaborate closely with national parks. Get involved and support both the elephants and the smallholder farmers – made easy with every Cotton made in Africa garment. By choosing Cotton made in Africa, you get to share a smile with nature  and the smallholder cotton farmers. Learn more about how you can participate and have a direct impact via www.wearasmile.org! #WearASmile with @CottonMadeInAfrica

WITH EVERY COTTON MADE IN AFRICA Product, You can change the world to a better place - without paying any more. Through Cotton made in Africa, farmers can attend trainings that help them to manage their small farm better and to cultivate cotton sustainably and successfully. Lawrence Masereka is one of 695,000 smallholder farmers working with Cotton made in Africa: “In the training of my group, I learned how to grow cotton more sustainably and efficiently in order to increase the yield. I am very happy because, thanks to the training, I got more income and could buy my own field. And I can pay the school fees for my children. Now, even my neighbors are asking me what I'm learning in the group.“ You want to support and create impact yourself, connect with us on www.wearasmile.org #WearaSmile with @CottonmadeinAfrica!

Why can you give back a smile to nature - with Cotton made in Africa? Cotton made in Africa produces 40% less greenhouse gases per kilogram of CmiA in comparison to conventional cotton. In trainings, smallholder farmers learn how to cultivate cotton in harmony with nature, and the environment even helps them. Jane Mbambu from Uganda is one of the smallholder farmers who cultivate CmiA certified cotton: “In our training groups, we learn how we can distinguish insects that are useful for our cotton from pests that are harmful for our cotton. If you know how they look like, this is very easy and helps us a lot. In nature, there are insects that protect our crops from pests in a very natural way. In former times, we could not distinguish the beneficial insects from pests, and our only solution was to fight against everything.“ You want to support and create impact yourself, connect with us on www.wearasmile.org #WearaSmile with @CottonmadeinAfrica!

With every Cotton made in Africa product, you can make smallholder farmers in Africa happier, because they benefit from every piece of textile who is awarded with the Cotton made in Africa label. Through Cotton made in Africa, they receive trainings that help them to manage their small farm better and to cultivate cotton sustainably and successfully. Cosmes Masareka is one of 695,000 small farmers working together with Cotton made in Africa: “There was no training on how to grow my cotton before. Now I am learning a lot in the group and I exchange more with other farmers. That helps me a lot. I could harvest more cotton and buy a piece of land. From my income I pay the school fees for my children.” You want to support and create impact yourself, connect with us on www.wearasmile.org #WearaSmile with @CottonmadeinAfrica!

With Cotton made in Africa labeled products, you can wear and share a smile without doing anything. Why? You can wear a smile, because you get a high-quality and stylish product without paying more and at the same time doing something good. You share a smile with smallholder farmers who grow the raw material for textiles and give back a smile to nature. Every Cotton made in Africa product contributes to better working and living conditions for 695,000 smallholder farmers in 9 countries in Africa. CmiA protects nature, because CmiA excludes genetically modified seeds, dangerous pesticides or the cutting down of rainforests. You can recognize the textiles by a small label with the Cotton made in Africa inscription. With each Cotton made in Africa product, you can make the world a better place - for example, for Baluku Bayeya. He is one of 695,000 smallholder cotton farmers who grows his cotton according to the Cotton made in Africa sustainability standard. Baluku is a proud father and cotton farmer from the Western part of Uganda: “I am proud to grow cotton, because cotton is the raw material for fashion all over the world. Through the training of Cotton made in Africa, I can better support my family and organize myself with other farmers in groups. I could yield more cotton since I participate in the training. This allowed me to finish my house and pay the school fees for my children. This is very important to me, because my children should learn more than I did. The training helps me to learn more about the cultivation of cotton and our nature. So I know now for example more about how I can save money and opened a bank account. I regularly attend the training because they help me getting better. As an active member of a training group, I was even appointed as a lead farmer of the group. That makes me proud. For the future, I wish that consumers around the world want to know more about where the cotton in their clothes come from.“ You want to support and create impact for Baluku and the other 695,000 farmers yourself, connect with us on www.wearasmile.org #WearaSmile with @CottonmadeinAfrica!

Fernand SadouGet to know from Fernand Sadou, who works for the CmiA certified Cotton Company Sodecoton in Cameroun, what changes have been realized for farmers through trainings - thanks to every single CmiA product: “Since we have been a partner of CmiA a lot has changed for us. In my opinion, the content of the trainings must be mentioned in the first place. Farmers have received training for better management to manage their fields. They have learned how to plan the season ahead in advance, calculate their income and revenues, and how they draw the balance of the last season. In addition, there is also a training module on nutrition, where they learn how to get a balanced diet and what advantages this offers for their family, especially the children. Consequently, they can manage their fields in a targeted manner. We only received positive feedback from our farmers to these new trainings. A second major change since the start of the CmiA partnership is that the earnings of our farmers have increased significantly. Previously they had an average of 800 kg per hectare and this season it will be about 1300 kg per hectare. Therefore, they have, of course, much more money than before.” You want to support and create impact yourself, connect with us on www.wearasmile.org #WearaSmile with @CottonmadeinAfrica!

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