Vemric Enterprise Limited recognizes the primary role played by women in the omena value chain as first point handlers immediately the fish lands from capture. Youth are also central to the omena business.
Accordingly, one area of focus that has been identified for the business is to incorporate good public and mental health, sexual and reproductive health practices and peer education along, below and above the supply chain and in all of the company’s business and production interactions to ensure that our women and youth stakeholders remain healthy, are not vulnerable to unhealthy practices and risks such as ‘sex for fish’, teen and unplanned pregnancies, drug and alcohol abuse and that they are not exposed to STIs, HIV and AIDS.
In doing so, the company would not only be giving back to the community that supports us but also playing a key role as a responsible business while simultaneously ensuring that the company has a productive labour force and thriving and healthy potential partners and consumers for a more sustainable business. One of our founders is a medical doctor and was once stationed at our site where he witnessed first-hand, the devastating effects of such ills in the local community which inspired the founding of the business.