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May 12, 2015 6:45 AM ET

Archived: Transforming Communities with Coconuts! We’re in the business of transforming communities by putting the best coconut oil in your hands

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Transforming Communities with Coconuts!

by Dignity Coconuts

We’re in the business of transforming communities by putting the best coconut oil in your hands.

Dignity Coconuts

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About this project


We have the best virgin coconut oil on the planet! The benefits of using coconut oil are off the charts. We keep it raw to preserve all of its healthy goodness. It has never been cooked or heated, but it’s also not in jars… yet. Help us fund our jars and logistics so that we can take our business to the next level – retail sales. We are already in the wholesale market, but unless it comes directly to you in Dignity jars, the story of our community  won’t get out there. Our story needs to be heard. 


Because of our team’s background in non-profit and social justice work, we are keenly aware of the needs around the globe. The UN states that over 1.5 billion people in the world are living on less than $1.25 a day(1). This is not enough to take care of food, health, housing, education and safety, denying them the freedom of choice. That is not ok with us. The cycle of poverty that is created by desperate decisions and patterns of debt must end. 

Our answer is business. Not just any business — a new way to do business. The wave of micro-lending and micro-enterprise are not changing the equation of the poor selling to the poor. We are bringing access to the global export market to unexpected areas. We are out there and off the beaten path. Our goal is to see modern-day slavery and abject poverty abolished. We realize that the only vehicle for change that would have the capacity to overcome such distressing odds is a new kind of for-profit business. 


We reached out to communities in the poorest areas of the world, starting with the connections we have to the rural Philippines. We asked questions first. Most importantly, what sustainable resources could the locals offer to help us fight poverty together? It quickly became clear that coconuts were the answer. So we went to a logistically messy place, a hard place, a place being ignored and built a coconut processing plant.


At full operation we will create jobs for over 200 men and women at the plant and over 300 coconut farmers. Including their families, we will be directly impacting the livelihood of over 2,000 people in the Philippines. We helped bring jobs, roads, and clean water to this small village. Beyond that, we’re doing holistic community development. We are training our communities to grow better crops, organize resources, save for the future and get healthier. We are seeing families back together because they no longer have to separate to find work. We are helping farmers overcome cycles of debt. 

It’s not going to stop here. We have structured our business model to be reproducible. We plan for 25 more plants across the tropics. There are plenty of coconuts to harvest out there! And this model won’t be confined to coconuts. We will go to the ends of the earth to build businesses based on local resources. We want to restore dignity where it can be hard to find. Dignity is going to change the world. 


We are launching this Kickstarter project because too much of the world needs hope for us to stay small. We want to take things to the next level. We want to employ hundreds and then thousands in communities everywhere. We can’t do this alone. We need you. Join us in ending abject poverty and modern-day slavery. Change their lives — and yours.


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Risks and challenges

Going to retail sales won’t be easy. There’s a big difference between putting our product in 50 gallon drums for someone else to distribute and putting it on the shelf ourselves. There might be some logistical issues. After all, the oil is on the other side of the biggest ocean on the planet. But it’s good enough to be worth the voyage over the sea.

We only hope our little jars don’t get seasick…

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