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Natural and organic vanilla beans, ethically sourced from farmers in Papua New Guinea's rural communities.
From PNG farms to Australian kitchens
“Personally, I'm not the profit-making type ... I'm a social worker.”
Veronica arrived in Australia with her four children as an asylum seeker from Papua New Guinea. Paid work was not easy to find and in the interim Veronica volunteered with the Red Cross. However satisfying, though, the voluntary work did not provide for her family.
After hearing about a drought devastating her home town of Sepik, she was motivated to start a small home-based business selling organic vanilla beans from Papua New Guinea. If successful, it would allow her to provide for her children while at the same time providing income for vanilla farmers and their families in rural communities of her home province.
With the assistance of her Stepping Stones business mentor, Veronica launched a crowdfunding campaign which provided start-up capital for her vanilla importing and exporting business, Sepik Vanilla.
“The program taught me that my story is important in marketing my business … and that I want to improve the livelihoods of my community.”
The vanilla beans, which can be purchased online, are sealed and come in various quantities and lengths.
Veronica proudly says that, when breaking the vanilla seal, “you not only experience the quality of the bean, but the aroma reflects the farmers' labour of love and passion for vanilla farming and cultivation in PNG”.
To place an order or make an enquiry, please contact Veronica via the details below.
Location and hours: Mobile business
Categories: organic | authentic cuisine | food and grocery
Business owner: Veronica Kurufher
Contact number: 0405 559 770 | (03) 9995 4414
Address: 22 Korowa St, Sunshine West, VIC 3020
Find Sepik Vanilla online: Website | Facebook