Community-based, sustainable and commercially viable Aloe vera products as alternative income generation for fisherwomen in Bar Reef Special Management Area in Kalpitiya
Low-cost aloe vera cultivation is offering an alternative livelihood to fisherwomen who produce beverages and supply the cosmetic industry. To do this, they use the unproductive lands of the coastal areas for cultivation, helping to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
The initiative introduces household-level Aloe vera cultivation and processing, helping to conserve coastal resources and reduce poverty among fishing communities in Kalpitiya. Aloe vera leaves are purchased by the cosmetics industry and an Aloe vera drink can be sold locally. The initiative transforms poor fishing communities solely reliant on coastal and marine resources by providing them with basic materials for the organic farming of native Aloe vera species. Fisherwomen are also trained in Aloe vera processing techniques to produce value-added healthy beverages and other products. A certain amount of the herbal raw material is purchased at a fixed price by the cosmetics industry, while the excess production is turned into an Aloe vera beverage sold on the local market.
- Expand Aloe vera cultivation, increasing the number of people involved from 30 to 500.
- Build a processing plant so that the portfolio of value-added Aloe vera products can be expanded.
- Establish a system monitoring the financial situation of fisherwomen’s households and ensure their participation in resource management.
- Establish a sales outlet to sell products to other communities, creating new income opportunities.