WE DID IT!
We are thrilled to see so many old friends and new friends working together to reach our campaign goal of $100,000. THANK YOU!
Any pledges we get beyond $100,000 will increase the amount of jars we can make in this first batch, allowing us to get more volume discounts. We are feverishly working on purchasing jars, setting up logistics, contacting buyers, and getting this healthy goodness in your hands. Backers can expect an estimated delivery of September 2015.
FOLLOW OUR PROGRESS
GETTING THE BEST OIL EVER INTO JARS
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.
OUR SUPERIOR METHOD
Our product is “RAW” - never cooked or processed. Our unique method keeps the oil cool in order to retain every bit of healthy goodness. Other production methods take the oil through a rough process, cooking the oil at high temperatures and often using chemicals to separate the oil. This begins breaking down the nutrients months before you can even open their jar of oil.
Our Virgin Coconut Oil is centrifuge extracted. We don't heat it. We don't refine it. We spin it. That's right. We fling that water and moisture out so that you are left with the most pure and delicious virgin coconut oil a jar can hold.
We are located in a pristine remote area, where our coconuts have always been free of pesticides and other harmful chemicals. Nevertheless, our farmers are trained and certified in Organic farming methods, helping them farm better and smarter. We are also Kosher certified.
There are over 100 uses for coconut oil. Really! Coconut Oil is great for cooking, baking, frying & sautéing needs. Substitute coconut oil where recipes call for butter or vegetable oil and taste the difference. Plus, coconut oil is an excellent natural moisturizer for your skin and hair.
A DIFFERENT WAY TO DO BUSINESS
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.
THE FUTURE OF DIGNITY
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.
IT STARTS WITH US
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.
WHEN YOU JOIN US, YOU'LL RECEIVE:
We have a "stretch goal" that will increase our impact on farmers. In addition, as a way to thank you and encourage you to share with your friends, we will add some bonus rewards to what our backers at the $25 level and above will receive. So we get more and YOU get more.
Stretch Goal #1: $130,000
For Dignity: A Truck. Dignity purchases coconuts from rural family farms extending 50km up and down the coast from our Bicol site. Our truck and our inspectors pick up the nuts on schedule at the roadside. We have provided intensive training in best organic practices. Each and every tree is numbered and certified - more than 40,000 of them! This dramatically improves the pricing that the farmers can get from us for the coconuts.
But all of these farms are along the one paved coastal road that hugs the shoreline. What if we could access and train the farmers who are further off the beaten path?
We can - with your help! We actually need a somewhat smaller yet substantial truck to be able to get up these pathways and into some of the best coconut areas. The trees are natural, and once inspected and certified, they will yield more marvelous coconut products. This "stretch goal" of an additional $30,000 be used to secure a truck.
For you: New sunglasses! Who doesn't dig some shades? Think of the Philippines every time you shield your eyes with these UV400 protection sunglasses. If you pledged $25 or more and chose rewards, we will include the sunglasses in your shipment. OUR ORIGINAL GOAL
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.
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