The Vita Coco Project
In 2014, we founded the Vita Coco Project to support the communities from where we source our coconuts. Coconut farming communities in remote parts of the world face many challenges including weak infrastructure, outdated farming practices, and a shortage of schools.
With our Give, Grow, Guide philosophy, we work to help these coconut farmers increase their annual yield, diversify their crops, and grow sustainably. We also value the impact of education on a community.
We are committed to providing opportunities to future generations by investing in educational programs, like building new classrooms and awarding scholarships. Through these efforts, we hope to help positively impact 1 million people in these communities.
Meet the Farmers
Meet Abundio and Mimi Bacquiano
The Bacquiano Family own and operates a model form in the Sarangani Province of The Philippines. They welcome farmers from the region to learn new intercropping techniques and organic farming methods. As a result of our investments and training programs, the Bacquiano family saw a 12% increase in their annual income. Their additional income helps pay for their youngest child’s college tuition, livestock, and allows the family to invest more on their farm. Mimi also invested additional income to create a commercial organic herb garden to sell to the local community.
Meet Diascora Martin
Diascora Martin is a farmer from the Sarangani Province of The Philippines and is one of our most successful Vita Coco Project farmers to date. In just a few short years her income increased by 30%. In addition to harvesting coconut trees, she now plants and sells rejuvenated coffee trees and short-term vegetable crops. Thanks to our investment efforts she can now afford to send her 16-year-old son to high school rather than keep him working on the farm. Diascora is also a fierce advocate for the program and is often recruiting more farmers to join.