Taste of Malawi e.V. is organised in the form of a non-profit organisation. We want to make our work as transparent as possible for you in order to five you the good feeling of knowing what happens with your money when you buy our products or donate. That’s why we’ve published our complete statutes on this page. Unfortunately we’re experiencing some trouble translating them as it is a highly specific topic. We are working on it and hope that in the meantime our English-speaking friends believe us, that we use all the money we raise to support the women in Malawi.

§1 Name
  1. The name of the association shall be “Taste of Malawi”.
  2. It shall be entered in the register of associations and then bear the suffix “e.V.” (eingetragener Verein” meaning “registered association”).
§2 Registered office

The registered office of the association is in Freiburg im Breisgau.

§3 Financial year

The financial year shall be the same as the calendar year.

§4 Purpose and Tax Benefit
  1. The Association shall exclusively and directly pursue non-profit purposes within the meaning of the section “Tax-privileged purposes” of the German Tax Code. The purpose of the Association is the promotion of education and development cooperation.
  2. The purpose of the association is realised in particular by:
    • The promotion of the social partner project “Chitenje and Tailors” in Malawi by supporting a learning community helping the women living there.
    • The project is supported in particular through the provision of material resources and financial contributions, through which training and a safe place to work can be provided for the women.
    • In Malawi, the women regularly receive a workshop in business skills, sewing techniques or soft skills.
    • The project “Chitenje and Tailors” in Malawi is also supported by organisational support from the association “Taste of Malawi” in Germany.
    • The “Taste of Malawi” association is also intended to provide a platform for cultural exchange between Malawi and Germany.
    • In Germany, for example, “Taste of Malawi” organises workshops to raise awareness, provide information and break down stereotypes.
    • These workshops are provided especially for school classes and other interested groups.
    • All measures should serve to help people help themselves and promote sustainable development.
  3. The association is selflessly active, it does not primarily pursue its own economic purposes.
  4. Funds of the association may only be used for purposes in accordance with the statutes.
  5. Members shall not receive any benefits from the Association’s funds.
  6. No person may be favoured by expenses that are alien to the purpose of the Association or by disproportionately high remuneration.
  7. The Executive Committee shall in principle work on an honorary basis. The General Assembly may decide on an annual, appropriate lump-sum remuneration for Board members.
§5 Membership
  1. Natural and legal persons may become members of the Association.
  2. A written application for membership must be sent to the Executive Committee. The Executive Committee shall decide on admission. There is no right to admission. The rejection by the Executive Committee is not contestable.
  3. Membership shall be terminated by death, resignation or expulsion.
  4. Resignation shall be declared in writing to the Executive Committee. It shall become effective at the end of the calendar year in which the resignation is declared. The resignation must be received in writing by the Executive Board at least three months before the end of the financial year. A resigned member has no claim to a share of the Association’s assets (cf. §3 of the Statutes).
  5. The General Assembly shall decide on the expulsion of a member. The member to be expelled shall be granted a hearing before the decision is taken. If the member intentionally violates the interests of the Association, he/she may be expelled. The application for expulsion shall be sent to the member in writing two weeks before the General Assembly. If the member concerned submits a written statement, this shall be read out at the general meeting. The decision on exclusion shall be notified in writing by the Executive Committee to the member not present at the meeting.
§6 Contributions
  1. Monetary contributions shall be levied as regular annual subscriptions.
  2. The amount and due date shall be determined by the General Assembly.
  3. If a member is more than twelve months in arrears with its membership fee, it may be deleted from the membership list without a reminder.
§7 Organs

The organs of the Association are the Board and the General Assembly.

§8 General meeting
  1. The General Assembly shall be convened whenever the interests of the Association so require, but at least once a year. The General Assembly shall be convened by the Executive Committee with two weeks’ notice. The convocation of the meeting must specify the items for decision (agenda). The meeting shall be convened in writing to the address last communicated. If an email address of the member has been communicated, the invitation of this member can also be sent to the last named email address, if the member has not specified otherwise in writing to the association.
  2. A duly convened meeting shall always constitute a quorum.
  3. Unless otherwise decided, the meeting shall be chaired by a member of the Executive Committee.
  4. Resolutions and elections shall be open. Block elections are permissible. The General Assembly may decide on different procedures.
  5. Resolutions and elections shall be recorded in the minutes. The minutes shall contain the place, date, agenda and the result of the votes/elections and shall be signed by the chairman of the meeting.
  6. Unless other majorities are prescribed by law or in these Statutes, a simple majority of the votes cast shall be sufficient for the adoption of resolutions. Abstentions shall be considered as votes not cast.
  7. Proxies or proxies are not permitted.
  8. Extraordinary General Meetings shall be held if the interests of the Association so require, if a member of the Executive Committee has resigned prematurely, or if one fifth of the members request in writing that a General Meeting be convened by the Executive Committee, stating the purpose and the reason.
§9 Executive committee
  1. The Executive Committee in the sense of §26 BGB consists of up to three persons. The Chairperson, his or her Deputy and the Treasurer.
  2. If the Executive Committee consists of two or more members, the principle of dual control applies. In this case, two members of the Executive Committee are entitled to represent the Association jointly. The Chairperson shall in any case be entitled to represent the Association alone.
  3. The members of the Executive Committee are elected for a period of two years by the General Assembly. Re-election is possible. However, they shall remain in office beyond this period until the election of a new Executive Committee.
  4. The above regulations apply accordingly to the born liquidators.
  5. The internal Executive Board shall consist of at least one Chairperson, if the number of members exceeds 20, it shall consist of at least two Chairpersons. Furthermore, there may be a second chairperson, treasurer, secretary and up to eight assessors.
  6. The Executive Committee represents the Association in and out of court.
  7. The Executive Committee is also responsible for the administration of the Association. Resolutions shall be adopted in accordance with §28, paragraph 1 and §32 of the BGB.
§10 Dissolution

In the event of the dissolution of the Association or the cessation of tax-privileged purposes, the assets of the Association shall be transferred to a public corporation or another tax-privileged corporation for the purpose of promoting development cooperation. Excluded from this is “Taste of Malawi”.