ACTIV celebrating 10 years of empowering communities

ACTIV members with the raw material for their award-winning Aelan chocolate - local cocoa.
ACTIV members with the raw material for their award-winning Aelan chocolate – local cocoa.

THE ACTIV (Alternative Communities Trade in Vanuatu) Association is 10 years old, and to celebrate this event a large exhibition is being staged.

Information on all the projects achieved by the organization for the last decade are displayed alongside ACTIV’s large own brand AELAN products range, which was developed with communities and small-scale producers from the Vanuatu archipelago. The AELAN products range from handicrafts to award-winning cocoa and chocolate, virgin coconut oil and spices.

“Over the past decade ACTIV has worked on the economic, social and environmental empowerment of the local communities and small-scale producers of the archipelago with more than 37 projects implemented representing 137.5 million vatu funded by the governments of Australia, France, New Zealand, Canada, United Nations, USA and Vanuatu and with the assistance of 25 international volunteers from Australia, USA, France, New Caledonia and PNG,” said a spokesman.

Women working on weaving traditional local bags, a popular product for visitors to take home.
Women working on weaving traditional local bags, a popular product for visitors to take home.

“ACTIV thanks them for their significant support to the organization and the previous and current members of the board of a total of 12 people and its staff of a total of 17 people over the last decade.

“Finally, ACTIV would not have reached this level without the huge support from every customer who purchases an AELAN product. You all contributed to build our local community brand stronger and we sincerely thank you for this and hope you will continue to support AELAN products.

“We will continue to produce high quality products and work with the local communities and small-scale producers of the archipelago of Vanuatu.”

The exhibition will be at the Espace Alliance Française in Port Vila until Wednesday, February 21.

The official opening will take place at 5pm on Friday and the public is welcome to attend.

Who doesn't love chocolate - Aelan is an award winner.
Who doesn’t love chocolate – Aelan is an award winner.
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