Palm-fringed beaches and turquoise seas may lend the impression of an island paradise, but many of Samoa’s rural communities live below the poverty line.
A traditional mat weaving project is giving women the opportunity to learn new skills and revive a declining cultural tradition.
Planting the fetau tree
The fetau tree not only offers protection from cyclones, tsunami and rising tides, but harvesting its oil is offering a new income stream for local communities.
Prize winning organics
Organic farming has had a huge impact in Samoa by helping families increase their incomes through higher prices for crops.
A special partnership between Oxfam, Women in Business Development Inc. (WIBDI) and All Good Bananas is bringing Samoan Organic Dried Banana Chunks to New Zealand.
Oxfam's enterprising partner WIBDI has already turned coconuts into a viable income for more than 200 rural families, enabling a break-through contract to supply virgin coconut oil to cosmetic giant The Body Shop.
Giving hope to young dreams
Despite leaving school early, Iopu is determined to build his parents a home. Oxfam’s partner is turning this dream into reality.
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