We first went to Batiki Island as volunteers with a charity called Think Pacific, where we participated on a building and sports project in 2012. During the project we formed such close attachments with our host families, with Callum returning for the next two years to spend Christmas with them, enjoying Fijian life and the amazing culture.
Having seen the struggle to generate a decent income on the island, we really wanted to be able to do something that could help not only our families, but the island as a whole. The Fijians have taught us so much about their way of life, a culture that we have loved right from the moment we arrived. Having seen that the island was able to produce coconut oil, and knowing the high demand for coconut oil in the UK, we spent the next year working and putting together different business grant applications to try and get enough money to trial the idea.
Having been successful in applications, we were then able to put the business concept forward to the island. The villagers were extremely interested in starting this venture, and for our trial batch we produced 160 litres that was sent across to the UK. And here we are today!