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ASSOCIATION DU MÉJAN

LIONEL ASTRUC & ERICK BONNIER

A ROOF, A JOB, A PIECE OF LAND

1 July - 22 September

10H00 - 19H30

Produced by Malongo in regions where the company operates, this exhibition is in two parts, with photography by Lionel Astruc, followed by that of Erick Bonnier. The 1,350 coffee farmers of the UCIRI cooperative in Mexico live in the mountainous forests of the state of Oaxaca. For 35 years, Francisco Van der Hoff, creator of the Max Havelaar label, has been helping them achieve a standard of living which allows them to satisfy their basic needs by means of fair pricing, organic crops, selffunded health care, and retirement benefits. Nevertheless, they live in extreme simplicity: no refrigerators or telephones, with four walls of raw earth, metal-roofing, and a water source as their only amenities. With neither a car, nor paved roads, they walk long distances, or hitch a ride in the cargo beds of passing trucks. Van der Hoff’s work has led to sustainable trade in dozens of countries and raised the standard of living for countless producers.