Coconoil is the brainchild of founder Garry Stiven, who visited Sri Lanka in the
immediate aftermath of the 2004 tsunami to help with emergency relief work. When
Garry, a former field director for Save the Children who has spent many years
living abroad, saw the extent of the devastation, he knew it would take many
years for the worst-hit areas to recover.
Garry used his experience from previous events, such as Hurricane Fifi and the
Guatemalan earthquake to help with a number of immediate relief projects. But he
wanted to find a way to help the Sri Lanka people in the longer term and he
turned his attention to finding an export market for the country to bring in new
revenue and boost the economy.
Reading a lifestyle magazine one evening Garry chanced upon an article about the health
benefits of coconut oil and its increasing popularity in California and an idea
Garry researched coconut oil production in Sri Lanka, discovering
that most of the country’s exported oil was processed and sold to major food
manufacturers. The virgin coconut oil had a limited market for cosmetic
production in Italy and was not available in the UK.
Garry found a supplier,
returned to the UK and, together with a colleague , has become the only importer
to the UK of Sri Lanka virgin coconut oil, under the brand name Coconoil.
Garry Stiven continues to fundraise for Sri Lanka on a personal basis, raising
money to help replace the school for the villages of Mawella and Hanwella, both
of which were destroyed by the tsunami. Children from the villages lost their
families and their homes and the creation of a new school will go some way to
helping them to rebuild their lives.
Like all things nutrition we have to be careful of our sources! Coconut oil is widely
used in cooking and the processing of food. However, this will usually be the
RBD coconut oil, i.e. Refined, Bleached and Deodorised (oh
Virgin coconut oil ...
remains the healthiest form of coconut oil and offers many benefits to those who
incorporate it into their diets. It can only be produced with fresh coconut meat
and must not come into any contact with chemicals or heat. This allows the
virgin coconut oil to retain its fresh scent and flavour. With a long shelf life
and large amounts of nutrients, it is certainly the tastiest and healthiest
choice for all.
is certified virgin coconut oil and the wonderful thing about it is that not
only will you be making an important investment in your own life and health but also
in that of the Tsunami victims!
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