In 2013, there was an MOU signed between the
Department of Agriculture, College of Micronesia-Land Grant and Chuuk SBDC for
a joint effort and collaboration in training the people of Chuuk.The workshops featured topics on learning
how to prepare the soil before planting food plants, how to take care of the
plants, when and how to harvest, take the harvest to the kitchen, on the sink
and all that, prepare the harvest for consumption and the extra for the market place.A group of more than twenty young men and
women put on their big smiles as they got together for a group picture.This group of young men and women is the
first group that completed a one week training done by the Department of
Agriculture, COM Land Grant and the Chuuk SBDC.
On behalf of Namdrik Coconut Cooperative board and members,
the Honobable Mattlen Zackhras (Senator of Namdrik Atoll at National Parliament),
the Honobable Clearance Luther (Mayor of Namdrik Atoll) and the Project Manager
Mr. Erakdrik Joel were on hand to join the Bank of the Marshall Islands-BOMI
officials Mr. Patrick Chen, President and CEO and Ms. Velma Edward, Commercial
Loan Officer in the signing ceremony of the line of credit fund given by BOMI
for Namdrik Virgin Oil Project. Also the RMI SBDC staff were invited to witness
the signing and awarding of the fund.
Mr. Joel said, this line of credit is the first to be given
to a Non-Government Organization (NGO) in the outer islands and they were proud
to be part of this partnership with the Bank of the Marshall Islands and the
Tobolar Copra Processing Authority.
This is the second time the Namdrik Coconut Cooperative
receive loans from the Bank of the Marshall Islands for its virgin oil project with
the assistance from the RMI SBDC. First, we received a Micro Loan of $10,000
which has been fully paid, and now we receive this Line of Credit of $25,000.
We aim to be selling our virgin coconut oil to Marshall
Island Service Corporation and Tobolar in bulk in the very near future and this
would happen with the assistance from BOMI and the RMI SBDC.
“Copra is still the main source of income for our people and
we have spent all of our time and resources developing this industry so it is
sustainable,” said Mr. Joel.
Namdrik leaders recognized BOMI, RMI SBDC and Tobolar
Management because without their assistance this would not happen. Komol Tata.