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.