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Where & who are your NUI COCONUT products coming from?

Take a look at our growers communities and the farmers who are responsible for bringing you our natural Nui Coconut virgin coconut oil and products.

Santo in northern Vanuatu. Located an hour along the rough and winding South Santo Road from Luganville, Vanuatu's second largest township, Vimele was founded in the early seventies as a farming community.

With the first coconut trees planted in 1972, there are now over 39 plantations in the area. The farmers of Vimele started drying copra in the mid eighties, and were one of the first six communities in South Santo to certify their coconut plantations as organic.

In 2008 cell phone towers were installed allowing a better flow of communication between locals and the market place. The Vimele village is also very proud to have two vehicles to provide transport to and from town for buying and selling goods.
Aside from the coconut plantations, the farmers in Vimele also grow other fruits and vegetables for market including taro, yam, kumula (sweet potato), chinese cabbage, bananas and oranges. Kava is also produced and drunk within the community.

Because Vimele is such a small community of only about 70 houses, there is a strong sense of family. The village chief Norman Tavui and the church oversee Vimele's political and social aspects, and ensure the people live in harmony together.
  • Chief Norman Tavui
  • Levu Rongo
  • Makren Livo

    Makren Livo

    Makren Livo

    Makren Livo has been a farmer his whole life. With no formal education, the 83 year old grows copra (coconuts), cattle and other garden vegetables. Married with seven children, he believes that going organic changes the lives of the farmers and their families. He wants his children and grandchildren to benefit from the higher price of selling organic copra, and he has plans to replant some older trees, and repair fences on his plantation.

  • Tinol Levu

    Makren Livo

    Tinol Levu

    Tinol is married with eight children, three of whom still live in his home. At 51 he has a primary school education and grows organic copra (coconuts), for which he was certified in 2013. He is very proud to be certified and selling organic copra because it has provided him more financial freedom than selling for the first price offered, as he was forced to do previously.

  • Olen Sike
  • Maten
  • Rueben Vamoli

    Rueben Vamoli

    Rueben Vamoli

    At 70, Rueben is married with 13 children. He lives with his wife and two of his children, who he supports. With no formal education, he has been a copra and cattle farmer for most of his life. Certified in 2013, he is happy with the good price he receives for his organic copra. He has plans to replant some coconut trees, as some are growing in water, which decreases the amount of quality fruit they produce.

  • Simon Vamoli
  • Thompson Tamata
  • Isaac Poporo

    Isaac Poporo

    Isaac Poporo

    Isaac is a farmer with copra (young coconuts), cattle and timber forests on his land. At 45, he is married with eight children. He believes that introducing the organic certification to the village was a good idea, bringing more prosperity to the community. One challenge he and the other growers face is when it rains the poor quality roads become blocked, delaying the sale of their green copra and therefore income. This is something that Chief Norman Tavui plans to work on.

  • Markson Poporo
  • Stephen Ulo
  • Paia Loloso
  • Simeon Vira

    Simeon Vira

    Simeon Vira

    As a grower of coconuts and cattle, Simeon is married with four children. At 53, he is happy to have increased revenue to his family with the organic certification. Along with many of his fellow growers he is concerned about and wants to improve the condition of the road between Vimele and the market.

  • Welsen Neman
  • Daniel Karai
  • James Lestai
  • David Paia
  • Pita Levu
  • Mathew Arule
  • Tony Maliu
  • Lulu Poli
  • Robert Kere
  • Walter Peli
  • Obed Kere
  • Jacob Varu
  • Masano Havo
  • Andrew Poporo
  • Amos Livo
  • Silas Poporo
  • Able Kere
  • James Rara
  • Jimmy Anis
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