Our Impact

Strategy – As one of the world’s newest countries, Timor-Leste has some economic catching up to do. Almost 20 years after independence, it remains one of the most oil-dependent countries in the world. The key challenge for Timor is to diversify its economy from public to private, and from petroleum into other sectors, while maintaining financial stability and improving services.

Recognising this situation, Lospalos Coconut Oil has a strong social mission at the core of its business, which means we are working to create positive social change. 

Currently, two-thirds of Timor-Leste’s 1.17 million population live on less than US$2 a day and the majority live in rural areas, heavily reliant on subsistence agriculture with little or no access to markets.

Our mission is to create sustainable incomes for rural Timorese women enabling them to empower their families and communities.

Why Women?

In today's world it may seem a bit of a cliche to have a business with a socially conscious focus on women at its core.

In the developing world, it's just a fact that women have less access to jobs. For example in Timor-Leste, women in rural areas only generate about 1/4 of family income and nationally account for less than half of the work force.

Women are far more likely to be contributing family workers (without pay), or self-employed rather than employees with a wage. There are many reasons for this, including cultural norms, access to education and domestic commitments on the homefront.

Since Lospalos Coconut Oil wants to benefit the community as a whole, we are eager to disrupt the norm and address the gender income disparity by providing paid employment to women. From our own experience, we have witnessed that women are not only hard working but are also adept at handling high levels of responsibility if given the chance. It is hoped that employment at these centres will therefore have a significant positive impact on women that improves the welfare of the whole family rather than just the income earner.

Women generally make better use of limited finances, spending 80-90% of their income on productive uses and their families.