Rusitu Valley Farmers
A Trust founded in 1988, by 1300 pineapple and banana farmers. Today the Trust has approx. 700 active members. Of these were a group of Queen Victoria (baby) pineapple farmers, who are working towards getting organic certification for export to the EU. GreenStone Foods (Pvt) Ltd is the Trust's commercial partner, that provides market linkages for fresh and processed, local and export market sales.
2 weeks prior to the organic certification audit, in March 2019, Cyclone IDAI hit, devastating the area. It's most notable impact was in Kopa Village, the epicentre of where the farmers lived. IDAI destroyed bridges, roads, houses, leaving over 100 households homeless, 200 individuals missing and a death toll of about 275.
The area has been declared condemned and unfit for human habitation by local government, however, over 100 families still live in tents in this exact area.
For this village to succeed, more is needed than just the infrastructure.
Economic independence, will enable opportunities for youth, allow the community to create its' own jobs and pay for peripheral services.
Our role is to ensure the village has:
disaster proof housing
circular, hygienic sanitation
sustainable water sources
access to health facilities
runs on green energy
practices organic and circular farming
“Impact is not a matter of size, it's a matter of strategy”
Get in touch with Project Greenstone to learn more about our work and how you can get involved.
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