Enable Leodovico to create sustainable jobs for the members of his island community
$1,500 will pay for:
The repair of a community factory, providing employment for 34 more women and supporting 60 local farmers.
Marinduque Island, Philippines
The Philippines is one of the most natural disaster-prone countries in the world due to its location along the Ring of Fire, a Pacific Ocean region where many of Earth's volcanic eruptions and earthquakes occur. When disasters like typhoons and floods hit, many people are forced into situations of long-term poverty due to their reliance on their surroundings to support their livelihoods.
Leodovico is a proud leader in his small island community on Marinduque Island in the Philippines. At 69 years old, he has been a farmer since his childhood and has sent all of his own children to school through his income from farming. Now, Leodovico runs a factory that supports low-income local farmers and employs women in the community to produce coconut-based products for sale to surrounding businesses.
In December 2016, Typhoon Nina hit Marinduque, devastating many farms and homes. Leodovico’s factory was also badly damaged, leaving a gaping hole in the roof over the main cooking area. This has severely impacted operations by creating unsafe working conditions in parts of the factory and further reduced productivity due to the fact that no production is possible when it is raining. As a result, Leodovico is only currently able to employ six women on a part time basis and support 10 local farmers. Many of the men from Marinduque have had to leave the island since Typhoon Nina, in an attempt to find employment elsewhere in the Philippines so they can continue to support their families.
The good news is: one of the products processed at Leodovico’s factory – preservative-free coco-sugar - is currently experiencing huge growth in demand in the Philippines, as more and more cafés are using it as a healthier alternative to traditional sugar in coffees and vegan baking. Leodovico’s community is currently supplying high quality coco-sugar to one local café chain, but due to the factory’s operational constraints they can only supply 10 of the 100 branches. The café chain is crying out for more of Leodovico’s coco-sugar for its remaining 90 branches.