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About the company
Volcanic Earth is a retailer and exporter of natural organic skin care products and traditional Melanesian skin treatments. Their products are made from locally-produced Tamanu Oil, Virgin Coconut Oil, Volcanic Ash and Volcanic Pumiare. The company sources inputs from various areas of Vanuatu and operates a small processing and storage facility in the capital, Port Vila.
The company is headed up by two dynamic women who are both strong advocates of all natural, organically grown products. They are great supporters of the belief that we are all connected to the earth’s energy. Their motto is, “the stronger the connection, the stronger and healthier we become”
Total grant funding approved: ECF A$190,000
About the project
Volcanic Earth faced supply and packaging constraints to fulfilling their objective of supplying bulk product orders to “niche” wholesale and retail outlets in Australia, New Zealand and the USA. The company sought ECF assistance to establish a new production and export handling facility in Port Vila and to provide sufficient working capital to increase purchases from local suppliers.
The project therefore involves the expansion of its processing plant to produce bulk supplies of skin care products for export markets in the wholesale and retail sectors and virgin coconut oil, as well as a program of working more closely with village suppliers to increase supply and to provide technical support for first stage processing by these suppliers.
Results December 2012