Total loan: $50,000

Cooperativa Allima Cacao

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Chazuta, San Martin, Peru / Agriculture

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A loan helped support the livelihood of over 200 cacao producers and their families in the Peruvian Amazon.

Cooperativa Allima Cacao's story

This loan may have higher risk but higher impact. Learn more here. Problem: Families living in the Peruvian Amazon possess fertile land capable of producing a diverse set of crops, especially cacao, yet lack opportunities to access markets or receive the necessary support to increase their production and improve their livelihood. Solution: In an attempt to overcome these challenges, local cacao producers, 90% of whom are native Quechua, formed a 100% farmer-owned cooperative. The cooperative locally collects, ferments, and exports organic and fair-trade certified cacao to European markets. The cooperative has been growing annually, increasing their export contracts and international recognition. Their 200+ members receive access to micro-loans, education in environmentally-sustainable agricultural practices and improved wages, allowing them to improve their livelihood and preserve their heritage. Loan use and impact: Allima Cacao will use 100% of their Kiva loan to purchase cacao at premium prices directly from cooperative members in order to fill existing purchase orders for an international client. The cooperative anticipates 6 fair trade jobs will be directly created due to their exports in 2018, and in addition to supporting current members, it will allow for their continued growth and expansion in the future.