Prime Minister John Key recently visited Poutasi Village, Samoa where he was named an honorary chief of the village five years ago when he visited after the Tsunami.
While on his visit, he met with Volunteer Service Abroad (VSA) volunteers, Glenn and Sharyn Cant who are giving their time working for Poutasi Development Trust, an organisation The Tindall Foundation supports via our overseas strategy. This is an invitation only fund, piloting how to support South West Pacific through inviting strategic applications.
The Trust’s main project is a market garden that supplies high-end salad greens and herbs to restaurants, hotels and supermarkets. Local people are now working in the garden, with the hope that the business will grow in the future and employ more people.
We hope this project will grow into a sustainable and positive business for the local people of Poutasi, and can be replicated in other areas of Samoa.