Falling in love with both the people and the island lifestyle, Matt, a keen surfer, didn't want to leave when his contract was up. He realized that there were very few businesses on the island, and even fewer export products. Most of his former students were either unemployed, or working in the US for minimum wage. There were just too few opportunities on the island. So Matt created one.
Matt originally became a teacher because he was a bit lost in high school, and so wanted to help kids who, like him, had needed a hand to find their own path. He is applying a similar philosophy to his business. The factory and the products the team makes is much less for Matt, and more for the community he hopes to serve. He had no previous paper-making experience before he founded the company: he has learnt everything from Google and YouTube. He has had all the equipment custom made and shipped to the middle of the Pacific Ocean. It has taken years to learn everything, he says proudly. It isn’t a get rich quick scheme for him, it’s a passion. When not working at the factory, Matt can be found in the water!
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