The hard to reach places. The places with high unemployment and disease rates. The logistically messy places. The places most businesses won't go. The places where education is substandard.
For many of us, the world is no longer spread out with far and distant lands. It is close and immediate. However, poverty can separate capable people from providing the world with products and services that are desperately needed. Dignity moves to locations where unemployment and underpayment are significant issues in order to connect local workers to the global supply and demand chain they would not otherwise have access to.
Too many people are denied access to the global economy due to location and logistics. As the world economy grows and expands, poverty can be perpetuated by lack of access. We want to connect the local farmer to the global export market. By doing so, we can lift him out of poverty or slavery. We can empower him to grow and harvest a product that supports his family.
If we wanted to make the most money possible, we would never have located our plant where it is. But we chose our location because our bottom lines sent us out there. The places with high unemployment rates are where we want to be.
When we say we are out there, we mean it. Many times we have heard from Filipinos, "You're building way out there in the villages of Bicol? Why?" From a business perspective, the logistics are tough. We have to transport literally tons of equipment and product over small, often unpaved roads many kilometers away.
The government officials in the area have taken notice of what we are doing. They see the hope and economic benefit that we bring to the community. We gave them a good reason to improve the roads into and around our province. Now, our big trucks can transport easier, especially in rainy times. The road in front of our plant went from dirt to pavement. We are paving the way for other businesses to join us in being "out there."
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