May 21, 2015

Rainforest Voices: CACAO PRESIDENT

Meet the man beating logging with cacao


Sergio Capeshi is President of the Cacao Co-operative that is outpricing forest destruction in our Asháninka Project.

“What I love most about my role is being able to support my Asháninka brothers. Cacao is vital for us. It gives a household sustainability – money for health, education, food for our children. This year we have more growers, which is good but also a challenge. Tools have helped our production but it’s the capacity building that makes the real difference – that’s what is really helping us get the best quality from the bean.”

The Co-operative is called Ayompari, which is the name of the Asháninka’s traditional form of trade. With Ayompari now representing 174 families, Sergio has a busy harvest season ahead.

Random fact about Sergio? He has seen 20 Spectacled Bears in his lifetime.


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