Fair Trade Projects

Serendipalm sees itself as a commercial operation whose activities also have a significant positive impact on the environment, its employees and the surrounding rural communities. One element of this vision is the implementation of fair trade projects in our host communities. To finance these, every invoice issued to our palm oil customers includes a fair trade premium. It corresponds to about 10% of the pro-rata costs of the palm fruit and wages and currently generates an annual contribution of $85,000 to a Fair Trade Fund which is managed by a committee of farmers, employees, and Serendipalm management. Additional donations from Dr. Bronner’s and a crowdfunding campaign have paid for other projects. Serendipalm’s employees coordinate project implementation, such as construction, to ensure that the premium is used meaningfully and efficiently. Some smaller projects, such as painting schools, or repairing streetlamps and badly damaged roads, are implemented in conjunction with local youth groups. What we have learned over the years is that the fair trade premiums and projects not only remedy 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 several of the many projects that Serendipalm’s fair trade program has funded and implemented since 2009.


The following list shows all projects financed through fair trade fond since

2009

Small loan to farmers for farm maintenance

2010

Waste recycling project in Asuom

School materials and school uniforms to Asuom schools

4 public drinking water wells in Asuom, Bomso, Kukubi, Abodom

Small loan to farmers for farm maintenance

2011

Nurses residential home with 4 rooms to support Abaam hospital

Small loan to farmers for farm maintenance

2012

10 public toilets in Asuom und Bomso

Ferry to connect two villages at Kukubi.

Distribution of 5000 mosquito nets for malaria prevention

Small loan to farmers for farm maintenance

2013

Restoration of graveyard in Kukubi

Construction of 10 public toilets in Abaam

2014

Public wells in Amankwakrom

2015

Computer lab and library in Abaam for learning

Wastewater management at the clinic in Abaam. To prevent area getting damages by heavy rain

Computer donation at Kwaebibirem School for digital learning

Building of market place in Bomso to support local markets

2016

A freshwater system at Asuom clinic

Drinking water wells in Kukubi and Ntronang

Public toilets in Abodom

Working materials for organic farmers for sustainable cultivation

2017

Construction of the roofed market in Bomso to support local trade

Public toilets in Pramkese

2018

Purchase of 15 motorized 3-wheelers for 11 farmers’ associations to facilitate the transport of palm fruits and other commodities


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