The Vatulele Women’s Club saved over $5,000 from their solar freezer business with the ultimate goal of starting their own homestay business once they hit their $15,000 goal.
Revenue is generated from the sale of frozen produce over the course of a year, including fresh catch from the sea, as part of the circular business model implemented under the Learning, Adapting and Developing project environment for CSOs in Fiji, funded by the European Union, implemented by Adventist Development & Relief. Agency (ADRA) Fiji.
In Naiqaidamu, impact farmer Setareki is now the largest eggplant supplier in Koro and is a recognized supplier of chillies to the famous local producer Punjas, thanks to the knowledge gained from the Climate Smart Agriculture training under the project.
He is working on adding value to his agricultural business to buy a 3 ton truck which will be rented for transport on the island.
These are some of the impacts heard from communities as the ADRA Germany and ADRA Austria delegation continues its tour of project sites today.
Marcel Wagner, country director for ADRA Austria and Anna Newman, program coordinator for ADRA Germany, also heard how climate-smart agriculture helps guide actions transforming agrifood systems towards green and climate-resilient practices while contributing to Koro. economy.
Regarding the circular business models currently in use, which include recycling waste (plastic and cans), the team also heard from project beneficiaries how they reclaimed materials and retained the value of resources that contribute to recycling. -meaning of natural resources. ecosystems and the reduction of waste and pollution.
Yesterday the team, which included ADRA Fiji management, visited project sites in Tuatua, Naqaidamu, Vatulele and Nacamaki.
Sites visited included marine protected areas and coastal rehabilitation and conservation sites.
The 3-year development project is partly funded by ADRA Germany and ADRA Austria ends this year and is implemented in 14 communities on the island and focuses on many components including agriculture, governance, bio-digesters, waste management, food safety and circular business. .
It focuses on mitigation and adaptation to climate change.
- Losalini Bolatagici is the Communications and Visibility Manager for ADRA Fiji.