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"This partnership has opened up
dreams we have dreamt for years,"
He said it was "the crazy pas-
sion, the vision and the foundation
that made up the 'triangular vehi-
cle' that brought the dream to life"
Digicel Foundation project of-
ficer Cindy-Ann Currency, told
the T&T Guardian the foundation
has sought to deepen its relation-
ship with the association by having
the Honey Seco brand available for
purchase at various Digicel retail
outlets. She said a bottle goes for
the very competitive price of $50.
Digicel Foundation chairman
Garvin Madera, who spoke of the
pleasure the foundation had work-
ing with the association and the
community of Brasso Seco, vowed
it will continue to fund the asso-
ciation for a second year investing
$100,000. Formerly US$10,000
Greetings also came from Digi-
cel Foundation CEO Penny Gomez
who said the journey with the
association has been thoroughly
"I feel as though it was carrying
a baby and it is finally here. And
looking at the product and what it
has come to, you know you look at
your child and you feel as though
you are well pleased? Well I am...
we are well pleased with this.
Gomez told the members of the
association, "Your passion has
really inspired us because this is
just not selling honey for them.
This is something that is coming
out of the earth, something that is
bountiful and to give back."
She called on the media to en-
sure that we highlight the foun-
dation's willingness to work with
anyone who has a business idea or
dream they would like to fulfil.
"We have people who will speak
with you, listen to you and who
will bring that idea into a reality, so
this just one of many projects we
believe we will bring into reality."
guardian.co.tt Saturday, June 3, 2017
One year ago the Brasso Seco/
Morne La Croix Farmers Associa-
tion led by president Judy Oliverie
Francois and project manager Win-
ston Maharaj, took their vision of
producing honey to the Digicel
Foundation. They had approached
other companies seeking support
and funding but to no avail. Now,
one year after the Digicel Founda-
tion provided funding to the asso-
ciation to implement a communi-
ty bee apiary, the association has
proudly launched Honey Seco.
The launch of the product took place
at the Digicel Westmall Branch, West-
moorings, on May 26.
The attractively bottled pure honey
is made through a highly organic pro-
cess, according to Maharaj. He said
the association is keen on protecting
and preserving the environment and
thanked the Canadian government
for supplying the association with so-
lar panels, Canari (Caribbean Natural
Resources Institute) for providing them
with its rain water harvesting system
and the United Nations Development
Programme (UNDP) for its fundamental
support in working together with Ca-
nari as the association explored climate
change adaptation strategies.
Maharaj said he was particularly
pleased with the solar panels as cli-
mate change and global warming are
very real problems. He said the society
must begin to move away from fossil
fuel and the love for oil and gas which
should be viewed as a thing of the past.
"We have huge plans for making
Brasso organic and to also link it with
the cocoa production. The country's
economic state means we need to find
other means of being self-sustaining.
We can really explore cocoa and honey
as a stepping stone, being able to rely
on a constant and sustainable resource
We have huge plans for making
Brasso organic and to also link
it with the cocoa production.
The country's economic state
means we need to find other
means of being self-sustaining.
We can really explore cocoa
and honey as a stepping stone,
being able to rely on a constant
and sustainable resource rather
than a depleting one.
Winston Maharaj, Brasso Seco/
Morne La Croix Farmers Association
Digicel Foundation chairman Garvin Medera, right, speaks at the Honey Seco brand launch. Looking on is
secretary and project manager of the Brasso Seco/Morne La Croix Farmers' Association Winston Maraj, left,
and other members of the association. PHOTOS: ITANIE GORDON
Economist Dr Ronald Ramkissoon tries out Honey Seco with a guest.
Digicel Foundation CEO Penny Gomez, left, and James Lawrence of the Brasso Seco/Morne La Croix Farmers
Association, right, pose with the first customer to purchase a jar of Honey Seco.
helps farmers reap
a sweet harvest
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