In 1994, Weiya Sindana left his small village Kasu – in Rai Coast, Papua New Guinea – and visited a distant island.
He brought back some vanilla cuttings. Eighteen years later, Kasu is one of the largest producers of vanilla in PNG.
Weiya’s story is one of many of self-reliance in a community that says ‘Mi inap’ (‘I can’). Instead of waiting for the government or a foreign company to come and ‘help’ them, Kasu has taken responsibility for its own development – and the results speak for themselves.
Papua New Guinea is often described as one of the world’s ‘least developed countries’. But the Kasu community tells a different story.