Meet Evangeline, known by her friends as "Vangie". Evangeline works at Dignity Coconuts on the bottling line primarily attaching the very lids that you see her name written on from time to time. She and her devoted husband have four children. For many years her husband, a shoemaker, was the only income source for the family. Then, she joined Dignity just over five years ago.
Evangeline and her husband have worked very hard to provide the very best they can for their children. As an adult entering the workforce, there was a lot to learn – and she has. During the on-site morning trainings Evangeline attended, she heard the clear emphasis Dignity places on the value of education. She and her husband have now been able to put their oldest daughter through college to earn a bachelor's degree! Her second daughter is finishing her first year of college, and the remaining two who are still in high school plan to follow their older siblings.
When Dignity Coconuts came to the seaside villages, an extensive baseline survey Dignity conducted showed that less than 2% of the population had any education beyond high school. Less than 2%. And dear Evangeline and her husband are vocally PROUD that they are putting all four children through college.
Dignity was Evangeline’s first job. Far more than a job, as Evangeline said, “Dignity gives me hope.”
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