Fuatino is the Taupou (preeminent women’s chiefly title) Fuatino’s of Lefaga. The Fuatino is the keeper of tradition, caretaker of cultural and the standard bearer of women in the village, she is the example for women in the village. The Fuatino is the leader and organizer of the women in the village.
Uaea’s mother was conferred the Fuatino title and was the one to give it to Gabrielle as her middle name.
We try to reflect the esteem of the Fuatino title in our coconut oil.
To get the Isaako’s farm you must travel an hour by ferry to the eastern most island in the Samoan chain of islands, Savaii. Savaii is the biggest of the three main islands, yet the least developed and the least populated due to the lack of a natural deep harbor.
Malua is the theological college for the Christian Congregational Church of Samoa. Supervised by Pule the church employs 32 full time staff to oversee their vast plantation. Along with an army of church ministers in training who live on site for 4 years.
We work with 12 small family farmers in the district of Lefaga, who we helped to get organic certification. Through a village coordinator we use the bush telegraph to let the farmers know when we are going to collect coconuts.