WOMEN of Wailevu Village in Cakaudrove have greatly benefited from the sale of their locally-produced virgin coconut oil.
The Wailevu Virgin Coconut Oil (VCO)Producers Co-operative in conjunction with the Ministry of Primary Industries, Department of Co-operatives and Small Businesses has ensured that women in the village earn a sustainable income from the production of VCO from the abundant coconuts in the area.
VCO co-operative president Tamarisi Basudra said they produced the oil according to the needs on the ground and their customers ranged from hotels around Savusavu and other business outlets within the town.
"We can earn around $300 to $500 worth of profits from the sale of our VCO depending on the order we receive from our customers," Mrs Basudra said.
She said the item was popular.
"The demand for our product has grown since people became aware of the healing properties of the oil as a remedy for skin diseases and other ailments."
"It can be applied to the skin or consumed for cleansing," she said.
Mrs Basudra said families were able to support their children's education and also met financial needs through the project and two other projects that run along with their VCO production.