Happy Holidays to you and thank you very much for your generosity supporting our coconut-based women entrepreneurship initiative. This initiative is indeed very excellent and is starting to provide tremendous benefits to women and their families who are engaged in coconut farming. The coconut is a versatile tree and offers lots of products where income can be generated. One problem for small farmers is where to get the capital to pump-prime their business. At harvest every 3 months, the income from coconuts is just enough to tide a small farming family day by day basis. We are happy to report that this time, we found a way to process coconut water into spiced vinegar as well as produce chili paste using coconut oil as one of the major ingredients. Both products have very high demand and their shelf-life is long. A group of girls formed themselves into an association in order to integrate production and marketing of the vinegar and paste.
By next week, we will develop a vermi-composting business using coco-peat as the main component as well as producing chacoal from coconut shell.
Again, thank you very much for your generosity. Special thanks goes to Bliss Unlimited, LLC for the support.
Warmest greetings and thank you very much for your support to our project improving the economic situation of women who are engaged in small-scale coconut farming. Our special thanks to Coconut Bliss based in Oregon, USA who have provided us with very generous funding in order to pump-prime this initiative. This reporting period, we launched the project in 5 villages here in Misamis Oriental whose main industry is coconut-based by conducting information campaigns and interviews with local women as to what particular enterprise they would like to undertake. In our short-list and by which we will start providing the funds by next week are the following; organic fertilizer production using coconut peat, production of spiced coconut vinegar from coconut water, production of organic coffee using corn and moringa, production of local chocolates from cacao and vegetable gardening for home consumption and for the market.
Again, thanks so much to Coconut Bliss for the generous support.
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