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Isabella

Isabella is special. She is the only woman working for us at the moment and she does a great job keeping everything clean, feeding everyone and creating a friendly atmosphere at the Larde Camp.

This 26 year old always has a smile and something good to say. She has been with Fresh for 9 months and in that time has come to really enjoy her work. She also likes being with people but mostly she wants to make sure her family is well looked after.

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Domingos

Everyone affectionately knows Domingos as the little guy or shorty. But this little guy has a big job. As a driver he is responsible for getting the car with materials to and from the coast, a treacherous and slow moving route. He also makes sure the camp and building site has enough water, stones, and other essentials which we source from the surrounding villages.

Domingos is from Nampula City where he has a son and a daughter. He likes working and looking after his kids and have a really nice house is important to him.
He has been working for Fresh for the last 9 months.

Hassane

Hassane started working at Fresh Ltd in May 2006, with a willingness to work and a good knowledge of the sea and river. He had never driven a motorised boat before. Now, as Skipper, he cruises the waves as if he has always been driving boats. From Larde, Hassane has two daughters and a son. He likes the financial freedom that working at Fresh gives him to indulge in his passion for clothes and shoes!

Dumisani

Dumisani stands out, not just because of his height, but because of the way he is able to deal with everyone at the Mainland Camp in Larde with a mix of authority and gentleness ensuring that everything runs smoothly.

As Camp Manager he is in charge of food, sleeping quarters, cleanliness and looking after the camp stock and supplies. His vegetable garden project has yielded some good results despite the lack of water.

From Buluwayo, Zimbabwe, Dumi has been working for Fresh Ltd for 15 months and see this as his opportunity to look after his family, a wife, two sons and a daughter, who are still in Zim.

Aquiring land and developing it in Mozambique is more complicated, the process more convoluted than most other places but the achievement is considerably more rewarding than anything else.

Since Jack spotted these little tropical isles there have been a number, quite a few, of steps toward final approval and the green light. We are now almost at the end of this ladder to fully licensed. In brief these are the bits and pieces that we have had to collect along the way in order to start building a lodge resort on the Topuito Isles.

First, we had to register the company, Fresh Limitada and in doing this get a ‘Boletim” of the company which is basically a book say that the company Fresh Limitada exists.

Then there is the ‘Extrato’ which describes the shareholders in the company which is followed by the ‘Certidao Negativa’ which kindly says that there is no other company called Fresh Limitada in Mozambique – thanks!

And now, with all the company papers signed and delivered we were able to get our hands on to the title deeds.

The path is ready for us to get this baby going and start a tourism project…

The ‘Ante Projet’ approval or localisation is the process whereby our first proposal of what we want to do on the land is approved. Then the ‘Executive Projet’ approval is the yay for the final proposal of what we are planning to do. This we finally have and means that we are officially “approved!” by tourism and the government.

In between this we have gained CPI approval. CPI is the ‘Centro de Promocao de Investimento’ and they help people like us wanting to set up a project – and make sure that foreign investment works out okay in this country – ie. everyone gets their money. This certificate allows us to register the project with the Bank of Mozambique which means we are insured that whatever money is made here is allowed out the country minus the mandatory percentage which goes to the country.  We have CPI approval and this has certainly helped us on our way – it’s kind of like having the nod from some very big guys.

Part of the final approval requires us to have a scoping report and terms of reference completed. This means that the environment has been surveyed, the community spoken to  – kind of like when you rent a flat and get an inventory of what’s what.

Finally, we need an ‘Alvara’ to start building. This is the building licence and once we have this, which is just a matter of weeks away, we can start building on Nejovo and Caldeira, something that will be celebrated with a ceremony performed by the elders of the area…

It has taken a while to gather all this stuff, but the worth of it is that we are completely legal in our project and backed by the government!