Haiti, Vetiver, and Cō-Impact Sourcing®
Changing the world one drop, one person, one community at a time.
In February 2014, the commitment to provide essential oils of the highest quality, purity, and potency led doTERRA executives to Haiti. They arrived in Port-au-Prince and then drove five hours to the town of Les Cayes. There they met with production partners, toured the distillery, and met the vetiver growers. They found a lot of potential for success, as well as a lot of work that could be done. Co-Impact Sourcing together with Healing Hands provided the perfect solution—lives were about to change.
The poorest people in Haiti, a country already considered the poorest in the Western Hemisphere, live in the foothills. The soil is so depleted in these areas that no food crops can be grown. Living in an economy with very limited opportunities that is still recovering from natural disasters, many Haitian farmers struggle to eke out a living from half-acre plots of vetiver roots that only provide them a meager income during limited months of the year, if they get paid at all.
- PEOPLE: doTERRA works directly with growers to form long-term partnerships and ensure fair and timely payments. These partnerships help improve livelihoods by providing job opportunities, training, and various Healing Hands funded projects.
- PLANTS: Growers are trained on how to implement sustainable agriculture and natural resource management practices in planting and harvesting. Distillers are also encouraged to utilize renewable energy and energy-efficient technologies where possible.
- PRODUCT: Through developing long-term sourcing relationships with growers and distillers, doTERRA ensures loyal supply chain partners. doTERRA is then in a unique position to responsibly guarantee the long-term availability and consistent quality of essential oils.