We have the courage to take action for the development of Africa!
In the present day, industrial countries buy large amounts of agricultural products and raw materials at low cost from African countries. The processing of these raw materials and thus the creation of “ the added value” occurs, for the most part, in the industrialized purchasing countries ,and in the worst case scenario the processed goods are eventually resold to the source countries at vastly inflated prices.
Export of raw materials: a historically grown loss-making business for Africa.
In this way, a large part of Africa’s inhabitants is kept cut off from developing technical know-how and emerging from the shadow of their wealth of resources. It is against this background that the term „development aid“ that is granted to Africa by Europe gets an almost ironic touch.
The only way out: elevating production methods in the source country
That is precisely what we do with LIEBFEUER in Nigeria, one of the most diverse countries in West Africa. The average age of the people there is just under 18 years (in Germany: 45.9 years). Accordingly, millions of young people need a good education and need to be given the opportunity to earn their living. Already today Nigeria is the largest national economy on the African continent – outranking South Africa. The World Bank counts Nigeria to the „threshold countries“. So it makes sense to build up the local economy and provide the people with a sound income basis through start-ups like our company.
With LIEBFEUER, we enable fair working conditions, decent wages and a good vocational education:
Our top priorities are clearly put on: sustainable resource management, improvement of working conditions, minimization of environmental pollution, knowledge transfer to the local population, integrity of the supply chain, clean water, education and fight against poverty.
- Thanks to our charcoal factory in Enugu, in the southeast of Nigeria, at present 90 families have a secure income.
- We pay our low-skilled workers 15% more than the average monthly salary.
- We work according to European standards in terms of safety at work and health.
- We train our suppliers for sustainable exploitation of woodlands and agree with them on binding standards.
- We offer local farmers training in the fields of fire prevention and pruning.
- We donate 5% of our net income to local schools, hospitals and drinking water projects in Nigeria.