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FROM PLANT WASTE TO TEXTILE FIBER

Poverty is particularly dire in rural areas in the Philippines, also for pineapple producers and laborers. With the support of their cooperative they can upgrade their cultivation and maximize economic value to the very last fiber.

Step 1: We unite the pineapple producers

In the Philippines, Trias strengthens the LPMPCO, a cooperative of 6,590 pineapple farmers in Bicol that specializes in the processing of organic plant waste into high-quality fibers for the textile sector. Underprivileged farmers can tap into an extra income, provided that the cooperative can respond to the real market demand. We support them in developing a business expansion strategy.

Step 2: We strenghten the production chain

Not only pineapple growers receive training in the processing of organic waste into quality fibers. Women, young people and even prison inmates are also given opportunities to earn an income here. After all, the demand for the fibers is on the rise. For example, Ananas Anam Ltd, a company active in the social economy, buys a volume of 1000-1200 kg of decorticated fiber on a monthly basis at a higher buying price.

Step 3: Time for growth

You can make much more from pineapple fibers than just clothes. New applications can lift even more farming families out of poverty. LPMPC cooperates in these with the Philippine Fiber Industry Development Authority and the Ministry of Trade and Industry. This gives the cooperative access to a support program for the design and production of new processing units that respond to market demand.

 

Thank you for supporting Filipino farmers!

Support us, as a private individual

By making a one-off donation you support the self-development of Filipino farmers.

Support us, as an organisation

We would be delighted to develop a customised support package for businesses or other organisations that would like to help Filipino farmers move forward. Contact Eva Verbist via eva.verbist@trias.ngo or +32 (0)2 513 75 34.

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