On our last trip to Papua New Guinea, a group of women in Gadaisu village was desperate to show us something. So, after a meeting with the community association, we went to see what all the fuss was about.
We smelt it before we saw it: a micro bakery that is so successful it sells out every day. People start queuing early in the morning to make sure they don’t miss out. The Dabu bakery is turning out bread rolls and cakes that can be sold to everyone in the village, as well as to people from other villages at the local market. They’re also selling tea and coffee so the community can use the bakery as a café where they can meet and chat.
The women’s profits from selling rolls are paying for school books and clothes for their children.
Generating income like this relieves pressure on the forest. But the bakery has other advantages. Families can buy their bread from right in their village, so they don’t have to travel so far and so often. And by using just one big oven, less firewood is needed.
The tastiest thing we ate from the bakery was coconut scones. They’re made with just flour and creamed coconut, with no need for butter or sugar, and they are completely addictive.
Thanks to your support, the community are hoping to set up a bakery in every village in the partnership.
“Thank you to Cool Earth for the funding for making it possible for us to start what we have been dreaming of”