Serendipalm sees itself as a commercial operation whose activities also have a positive impact on the environment, its employees and the surrounding rural communities. In order to achieve this, every invoice issued to our palm oil customers includes a Fair Trade premium. It corresponds to around 10% of the pro rata costs of the palm fruit and wages. This allows us to pay an annual $85,000 into a Fair Trade fund which is managed by a committee of farmers, employees and management. In addition, donations from Dr. Bronner’s and a crowdfunding campaign have paid for other projects in the past. Serendipalm’s employees coordinate the projects to ensure that the premium is used meaningfully and efficiently. Some small projects, such as painting schools, or repairing street lamps and badly damaged roads, are implemented in conjunction with local youth groups. What is important here is that the Fair Trade premiums and projects not only remedy severe structural problems but also encourage the spirit and practice of cooperation. We see this as an important element of humanitarian rural development in Ghana and elsewhere.
The pictures show some of the projects that have been implemented since 2010 thanks to the Fair Trade premium and other funding.
The following list shows all projects financed trough fair trade fond since 2009:
2009 – 2012 • Small loan to farmers for farm maintenance
2009 – 2010 • Waste recycling project in Asuom
2010 • School materials and school uniforms to Asuom schools
2010 – 2011 • 4 public drinking water wells in Asuom, Bomso, Kukubi, Abodom
2011 • Nurses residental home with 4 rooms to support Abaam hospital
2012 • 10 public toilets in Asuom und Bomso
2012 • Ferry to connect two villages at Kukubi.
2012 • Distribution of 5000 mosquito nets for malaria prevention
2013 • Restoration of grave yard in Kukubi
2013 • Construction of 10 public toilets in Abaam
2014 • Public wells in Amankwakrom
2015 • Computer lab and library in Abaam for learning
2015 • Waste water management at clinic in Abaam. To prevent area getting damages by heavy rain
2015 • Computer donation at Kwaebibirem School for digital learning
2015 • Building of market place in Bomso to support local markets
2016 • Fresh water system at Asuom clinic
2016 • Drinking water wells in Kukubi and Ntronang
2016 • Public toilets in Abodom
2016 • Working materials for organic farmers for sustainable cultivation