La Colonia

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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.

Biodiversity
Fair wages
Fine flavored
Heirloom
Indigenous cooperative
Pesticide-free
Wild
Women’s empowerment

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Eric Hiller

Partnership Development at Enliven International

Created this page: Sep 18, 2017

Last updated: 10 months ago

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Enliven Cacao

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Stored in Minneapolis, MN, United States

Quantity Available: 20 metric tons

100% of the money you pay for this cacao goes back to the community. Enliven cacao is a varietal blend originating from the North Central Mountains of Nicaragua. Old growth trees high in the mountains produce cacao that is fermented at the source, t...

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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

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PROJECTED PRODUCTION CAPACITY NEXT YEAR: 30-32 metric tons/year

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CERTIFICATIONS: -

VARIETALS: Mixed

OTHER CROPS: Coffee, oranges

VISION

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.

CHALLENGES

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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