We are thrilled to share with you a new product, our partner communities, old and new are a part of! We believe vanilla is one of the best options for rural remote farmers in Fiji to produce. It encourages the planting and re-planting of trees, farmers can earn significant income from selling green and cured beans, and it’s easy to transport as cartage costs are often higher than profit margins for many remotely grown crops to reach market. “Colo” vanilla is produced by market partner, Living Wealth (Yau Bula). Although Kaicolo (or “Colo”) is a derogatory term for remote indigenous populations living a more traditional lifestyle, the “Colo” are the landowners and keepers of Fiji’s last pristine natural resources. They are the ones battling on the front lines of climate change.
In partnership with remote communities, Living Wealth aims to promote the protection of their natural resources, while providing an alternative livelihood through vanilla production. Empowering these communities helps them value where they come from and take pride in their “Colo” side.
Extract bottles will be available at select Tappoos stores by September 1st and RBTR’s Na Store location.
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