We got the chance to have a talk with Mohamed Sodigue, The man who keeps an eye on all the day-to-day operations of organic fruits and vegetable gardens at the Hideaway Beach Resort. Out these gardens comes out fresh watermelons, banana, Chinese lettuce, aubergines, chilli, curry leaf, moringa and many more! Sodigue shared with us his side of the story working at the Hideaway Beach Resort.
1. You have been working for Hideaway Resort for quite some time. Could you introduce yourself to our readers and share highlights of your background and career with us?
My name is Mohamed Sodigue. I am from HA. Thakandhoo. It’s been almost 16 years since I started working in Hideaway. I joined hideaway in December of 2003 and worked as a Task Force Supervisor, mainly to look after all villas and the beach around the island and to make sure it is always clean and tidy. Apart from that, we grow all kind of vegetables, 26 kinds to be exact that are growable in the Maldives.
2. What made you choose Hideaway Resort as the place of choice for work?
I decided to choose Hideaway Beach Resort and Spa as my workplace because I wanted to work near my island and to stay close to my family and having nature-loving management.
3. What does a typical day of work look like for you?
Every day at work is a challenging day for me but I try to give my best in all the tasks that I’m assigned to. Every day from 04:30 to 17:30 I spend at work completing different tasks. First at 04:30 I go wake up the staffs to send them to clean the whole beach. At 07:30 I go to the main briefing with the chief in the office. At 08:00 I go briefing with my staffs. Assigning the tasks for them for the day. Mainly at first, they will all go to clean the arrival rooms. After that, I look for the availability of staffs for them to go work in the garden.
4. What are the challenges you face working on an island in Engineering?
Landscaping and resort operation together with monitoring our staff strengths.
5. Tell us a bit more about the sustainable practices at Hideaway?
Recycling all the waste. materials that are recyclable. Sending all the waste metals compressed to Thifafushi for recycling. Another thing is we are reducing the plastic use by using more glass to put water in. And instead of throwing away the organic wastes and waste from cutting the overgrown vegetations, shredding it and using it as fertilizers to grow plants. Another sustainable practice at hideaway is the work that we do keep the island as a green place. Island is originally a green place with a lot of trees, but we try our level best to plant more trees. Especially flowering trees.
6. What is your biggest sustainable project or challenge right now?
The biggest sustainable project at hideaway is the waste management system. To minimize the waste produced on the island. A huge quantity of waste is shredded and is used as fertilizers. We have a sewage treatment plant – irrigation at 95%
7. How would you say has the tourism industry and resorts in the Maldives developed in terms of sustainability?
I think the tourism industry in the Maldives developed because of the importance that Maldivians gave to the environment. And because of the warm welcoming tradition, and the effort that Maldivians put to sustain the natural beauty of all the islands.
8. How does it affect your part of the resort development in engineering?
With my effort, the resort is minimizing the cost of food. Instead of importing food from outside we within the resort are increasing the income.
9. Are you practicing or participating in any sustainability workshops or courses to educate either employees or yourself within this topic?
Till now neither I nor my staffs have participated in any sustainability workshop or courses. But with our own knowledge that we have we try our best to work for sustainability.
10. What are you most proud of?
With my work, I am providing the needful amount of vegetables for the staffs and the guest in the resort. That’s what I am most proud of. Overall, I enjoyed working with sustainable projects and initiatives at the resort.