ORIGIN TYPE: Cooperative what’s this? 60 members, Established 2014
Enliven spent 2 years immersed in the La Colonia community outside of Rancho Grande in Matagalpa, Nicaragua. At their request, and with the help of many other professionals, we taught them how to ferment and dry their own beans.
Their single origin cacao beans are now in our warehouse in Minnesota, and so is a great story for your customers. This is heirloom cacao, not plantation beans.
100% of the profits go back to the farmers and their families, to fund their roads, electricity, and other community development programs.
LAND & PRODUCTION
TOTAL ORIGIN SIZE: 423 total Ha
162 Ha. of Cacao
160 Ha. of other crops
101 Ha. of Forested Conservation Area
PRODUCTION CAPACITY: 30-32 metric tons/year
PROJECTED PRODUCTION CAPACITY NEXT YEAR: 30-32 metric tons/year
OTHER CROPS: Coffee, oranges
With the proceeds from the sale of their cacao, the farmers hope to plant another 25,000 trinitario trees in March 2018. All of the kids in the community are doing homework by candle light. Bringing electricity to their homes requires heavy equipment, and that requires roads. Ms. Elucadia is in charge of the road building effort with over 30 farmers providing the labor. They will be prepping and grading a one mile natural runoff path with 20 tons of clay and surfacing it with 20 tons of gravel.
Facing challenges from the weather and a lack of automated equipment, it could take over 6 months and $5,000 just to complete the first road, and another 6 months and $10,000 just to bring electricity to the first 40 homes. Due to the treacherous conditions of the current paths, almost everything is brought down on foot. With the addition of more roads, a small pick up truck can be hired by the community to enter the hills and help the families bring their produce down to the main road where it can be processed.
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