Faces of Pro-Poor Growth – Mari works to put her daughter through school, one coconut at a time

43-year-old Mari Vodre is a single mother employed as a process worker with MDF Vanua Levu partner, Fijika Natural Products at their virgin coconut oil processing facility in Labasa.

Mari is one of three women employed at Fijika that dry grated coconut flesh before it is processed into virgin coconut oil. They are each allocated a separate drying bed and are given contracts by weight to dry on a daily basis.

Two years ago, Mari was a market vendor selling vegetables and produce at the Nadi and Lautoka markets on Viti Levu. A short visit to Labasa for the holidays set Mari on a different path to seek full time employment with Fijika, as she wasn’t faring too well selling vegetables.

View Mari’s story in this photo essay of Exposure.