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Vanilla farming in Vaoala, Samoa

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Vanilla farming in Vaoala, Samoa

About me Tālofa lava. That is greetings in Samoan. I’m Shelley Burich. I am an indigenous Samoan, with Chinese & English heritage. I am a Wife, Mother, Nana and have a vanilla farm in the village of Vaoala (pronounced “Vow-ah-lah”), Samoa.  Samoa is a small Polynesian island nation consisting of two main islands, two smaller islands and several uninhabited islands, located in the South Pacific. It has a population of only 200,000 people. Vaoala is located on the island of Upolu. I have great love and affection for vanilla, and that love has turned me into the sole commercial vanilla...

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#RealTalk with Rachel Petero - RISE2025 Global Indigenous Network

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#RealTalk with Rachel Petero - RISE2025 Global Indigenous Network

Rachel Petero is the Founder of Rise2025, a global consultancy aiming to reimagine the futures of 100,000 Indigenous women and their whanau by 2025.  She is an Entrepreneur by heart, a HR and Executive Coach by profession, and Waikato-Tainui by whakapapa.  She advocates and drives gender equity, diversity and inclusivity through her leadership roles in governance, business and community development. (Source: "Take Your Space", Jo Cribb & Rachel Petero, 2020) I first met Rachel in 2018 here in Samoa at the Rise2025 Women in Leadership Event...ever since then I have followed and kept her in my reach.  In 2020 I...

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