A loan of $3,900 helped to buy wet cacao from the smallholder farmers of the association.

Asodirp's story

Laguna Lachua is a large pristine cenote lake deemed a National Park in 1976 and a Ramsar site in 2006. Around the lake is the home of Maya Q´eqchi families who live off-grid, and rely on production of cacao, honey, corn, cardamom and other crops. Roqja Pomptila is one of these communities, that are charged with making sure the protected area full of wildlife remains untouched and a sanctuary for those animals. ASODIRP is the cacao association that purchases wet cacao from producers in Roqja Pomptila and processes those beans into fermented and dried cacao, ready for export. Pictured here is the fermentation manager for ASODIRP, carrying a finished sack of cacao out of the drying house. Every year, when the harvest starts, money slowly starts to come to the association as they deliver beans to Cacao Verapaz, ASODIRP's primary market. The President of the association, Salvador, is interested in having money available at the start of harvest to purchase wet cacao from producers and pay as they deliver. This way, the farmers have immediate access to income to be able to purchase very important things as food, medicine, education for their kids. The impact in this is that farmers will be more interested in delivering beans to the association, that will increase production for the 2019 harvest and the farmers will have more income overall.

This loan is special because:

It helps cacao farmers in Guatemala earn a fair price for their produce.

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