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Sunday, March 06, 2005
Posted 12:47 PM by Luigi
Samoa women's coconut project praised
From Pacific Womens' Information Network
By Keni Ramese Lesa, from New York
It was a simple picture from a small country thousands of miles away from the city that never sleeps, New York.
It was one of a Samoan woman, dressed in a flowery ie lavalava, t-shirt and is pressing dried coconut to extract oil.
Yet at the DAG Hamarskhold Library at the United Nations Headquarters yesterday afternoon, that simple picture became the talking point for some 40 women from all over the world.
And it did more than that.
It not only turned discussions to the activities and entrepreneurship of women in small island Samoa, it highlighted the success of Samoan women in business, thanks to an initiative by the Samoa Women in Business Development Incorporated (SWBDI).
The project is the Virgin Coconut Oil administered by SWBDI, involving over 13 cooperatives and hundreds of Samoan women. It started in 1996 as part of its micro-finance and micro-project and micro-enterprise scheme.
The project allows SWBDI and participating members to use a technology called Direct Micro Expelling Process (DME) to produce organic virgin coconut oil for exports to markets in New Zealand and Australia.
The project is said to have not only improved the livelihoods of women involved, it has also improved the lives of their families, churches and villages. On top of that, it has revived coconut production and is contributing to export earnings.
The Virgin Coconut Project is one of six case studies from around the world now part of a book called “Chains of Fortune: Linking women producers and workers with global markets.”
According to the Commonwealth Secretariat, the book hopes to address then issue of globalisation in the sense that the concept does have its positives despite what other people think.
Yesterday, the Samoan delegation joined representatives from around the Commonwealth to share their success story during the Expert Panel discussions. The book compiled by the Commonwealth Secretariat, was officially there.
“This is an inspiring story from Samoa and it should be an example for all of us to follow,” Commonwealth Secretariat’s Gender, Poverty Eradication and Economic Empowerment Adviser, Saronjini Ganju Thakur remarked.
“The women of Samoa have proven that women are capable of doing these things and I suggest we take some ideas from them and learn what we can from their success so that we can implement similar success stories in our countries.”
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