Charlotte di Vita MBE founded Trade plus Aid in 1990 to alleviate poverty in developing countries by means of job creation, capacity building, skills development through entrepreneurial innovation and social enterprise.
In August 2006, Matthew Hayden requested that a licence should be extended to expand the good work Charlotte and Matthew had started, in order to register an independent South African entity to specifically develop biogas programmes in South African communities. This request was granted by the Founder and Trustees of Trade plus Aid and Trade plus Aid South Africa* is now run by Matthew Hayden.
The primary environmental programme is a roll-out of bio-digesters in rural areas of Southern Africa, providing a simple to operate, sustainable alternative energy source with a low carbon footprint. This technology saves money, helps prevent deforestation, improves health and hygiene, and decreases pollution of local water sources, whilst generating self-sufficient and sustainable income for social development programmes. For more information please see www.tradeplusaid.com and this short film above.
*Trade plus Aid South Africa is a charitable brand name of Trade plus Aid in the UK and operates under licence for use of this brand name.