Coconut Oil

Coconut Oil

Samoa: Since 2009

THE SUPPLIER

Our organic, virgin coconut oil comes from Women In Business Development Initiative in Samoa, where coconuts grow naturally. They help us ensure our coconut oil is the highest possible quality.There are around 200 organically certified farmers in the co-operative, which was originally set up to create opportunities and a regular income for women on the island. Today, whole families are involved, helping to gather the coconuts and make the oil.

THE COMMUNITY

Samoa is a group of nine islands in the South Pacific. Volcanic activity is frequent, and the islands are vulnerable to other natural disasters such as cyclones. Life on this isolated island can be hard and unpredictable, and the population relies heavily on agriculture and fishing for income. Our trade has provided the community with an alternative to migrating in search of work, giving families an opportunity to develop and grow their own livelihoods. Around 200 farmers receive a fair price and guaranteed income, and community education projects are supported.

THE PROCESS

The coconuts are hand-gathered and hand-cracked. Then the flesh is grated and cold-pressed to release the fragrant oil. It can take over 10 coconuts to make just one kilo of oil.

KEEPING FAMILIES TOGETHER

Finding work in rural communities is often difficult. The jobs and opportunities the coconut oil trade creates help families to stay in their villages instead of moving to the city to find work

KEEPING TRADITIONS ALIVE

The trade in coconut oil provides WIBDI with funding to maintain other traditional island crafts. One of these is fine mat-weaving which produces cloth used for traditional warrior ceremonies, which can also be sold for extra income.

GOING ORGANIC

The island is now growing many other organic ingredients, including vanilla, ginger, mango and bananas. This is great news for the island’s trade, and its environment.

Summary

Who?

Women in Business Development

Where?

Samoa, Polynesia

Why?

Our trade helps to support community projects, which include teaching local farmers new skills in agriculture, business and management.

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