With support from Coconut Bliss (https://coconutbliss.com/), small-scale women farmers here are improving their livelihoods by tapping the multiple products derived from coconuts as well as improving production by growing crops and then processing them for the market. The felt need at present is in acquiring processing and marketing equipment that can serve as common service facility for the entrepreneurs. With access to these equipment incomes will be increased tremendously.
Small-scale coconut-based women farmers are now starting to improve their social and economic life by tapping the huge potential of coconuts and its by-products and planting crops under coconut farms. Their processed product lines are varied including organic coffee, turmeric tea, fertilizer from coconut husks, vegetables, vinegar and others. They badly need common service processing and marketing equipment in order to scale-up their production and marketing effort.
They need cold press machine for coconut oil production to be used as virgin coconut oil and as ingredient for bath soaps, heavy duty all-purpose mechanical dryer since they have difficulty drying their products with the start of the rainy season, cacao chocolate roaster and grinder and a marketing vehicle to market their products. With these, women entrepreneurs will be able to produce and market their products efficiently and vastly improve their incomes.
Improvement of the social and economic standing of 650 poor women and their families who are dependent on coconuts for their survival. The project will also showcase the various income possibilities that can be generated from coconut-based farming that has been previously overlooked and taken for granted.