‘Bula’ means ‘hello’ in Fijian, and is also used to wish someone good health. That is exactly our aim: to improve the health of both our customers and of the Fijian community in Batiki Island. We hope you feel a little closer to our Fijian coconut oil after seeing exactly where, how and who has made it, and the impact your purchases are having upon the community.
Our primary aim is to establish a sustainable source of income for the rural island of Batiki in Fiji. Producing coconut oil allows the villagers to earn more than double their previous income form selling copra (dried coconut). We are 100% ethical in all stages of our product, from the second the coconut first sows its seed into the ground, to the second it reaches you.
The word ‘Bula’ carries a special meaning in Fiji. Its literal translation means ‘life’, though the word is often used as a greeting, and carries associations of welcomeness, love, health and happiness. These are the values that guide the Bula Batiki journey.
Fijians are incredibly welcoming. No sooner will you have set foot on Batiki than find yourself being invited into the homes of the islanders for a hearty meal. Come visit us and see for yourself!
We love what we do. We love our island, our culture, our coconuts, and what’s more, we love Fiji! We show you what life on Batiki is like, and hope that you’ll come to love our coconut oil as much as we do, knowing exactly where it was made, and who has made it!
Coconut oil is incredibly healthy; filled with good fats, and none of the bad ones! We also look after the health of our island and the surrounding ocean. There are no roads on the island, no pollutants seeping into its waters—nothing that will hamper Batiki’s majesty! We’re actually in the process of having Batiki certified as a totally organic island, too!
Living in Fiji, and on an island as breathtakingly beautiful as Batiki, it’s hard not to wake up with a big bula smile on your face!
Last year, Batiki opened a long-term scholarship fund for the children on the Island. One of our aims is to significantly contribute towards this scholarship fund, so that in 5-7 years time, the Island will be able to meet their target of funding the top 3 students on the Island every year to go on to University, which costs approximately $7500 FJD per year (£2500 GBP).
We also aim to supply education resources for Batiki Primary School, as well as the village kindergartens. We also aim to supply sports resources for both the children and adults in Batiki.
Fiji was recently been devastated by Cyclone Winston and many houses in Batiki have been destroyed (photo). Thankfully nobody on the island was seriously injured. We hope to make a significant contribution towards the rebuilding of houses, as well as improving the housing infrastructure in order to minimise damage from future cyclones.