Thank you!

People are the cornerstone of our company, and collectively, form the strength of our foundation. While celebrating 30 years of Materialise, we wanted to take this opportunity to thank you for your contribution to making the company all that it is today.

Our mission of creating a better and healthier world can only be accomplished by creating shared value and fostering sustainability globally. With this is mind, we made a sustainable donation for the occasion that goes beyond our own company. As you have helped grow our community, we have donated a banana plant in your name to the Foundation Hubi & Vinciane to help grow another community.

About the Project

Bananas are a good source of vitamin A and calcium, two important components for a balanced diet. The lack of the two in the Borgou region is explicitly mentioned in a Unicef report, which shows that up to 50% of Benin's children are chronically undernourished.

Another goal is improving women’s financial autonomy. According to the Unicef, more than 75% of Benin women remain financially dependent on their husbands, thus in a vulnerable position. After learning plant care and post- processes which include making banana chips and flour, the women are given their own plants. In addition to reducing malnutrition within their own families, the product income helps empower the women, resulting in a strengthened position in the community.

The amount of plants donated fill around one hectare. A field of banana plants that size gets 80 tons of CO2 out of the air every year. That is comparable to 80 intercontinental flights a year!

Meet the Community

Krape Tanko

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Kpare Tanko
Tchaourou, Koubou

Suanon Na-kennou

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Suanon Na-kennou
Tchaourou, Koubou

Issiakou Nouratou

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Issiakou Nouratou
Tchaourou, Koubou

 Yacoubou Mariame

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Yacoubou Mariame
Parakou, Baka

Plant Locations

Each plant is tracked by GPS coordinates and locally monitored by the Hubi & Vinciane Foundation to ensure that it is treated well. It is our hope that the plants will flourish, and help bring health and prosperity to each family in a lasting way. See each plant location and some info on the map below.