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It Takes a Village
We are a family owned and operated company based in the Fiji Islands. We are committed to creating employment opportunities, and generating income at a grassroots level, through sustainable development of our communities and respect for our environment. .
"When we first started exploring the idea of creating a village-based business, we realised we had to find a way of using the natural island resources - and the main natural resource is coconut, the trees grow wild and abundantly all over the island, and are the defining feature of the island.
With a lot of researching and experimenting to get the right methods and techniques, we are now able to produce hand pressed virgin coconut oil, at the village level. Being able to do the entire production process at the village level was one of the motivating factors in the building of our virgin coconut oil mill because it has enabled us to really empower the village community by creating meaningful employment.
In addition, to myself, my wife, and two daughters, we employ 12 workers full time, of which 8 are women. All the workers live in the village which is 5 minutes walk from the mill. We also work with about 25 household units who supply us with coconuts. This means that there are now more than 35 households receiving a regular income, which has significantly improved the quality of life of the community as a whole."