Home to the highly valued criollo cacao bean, the Ene Valley in Peru is also where our Asháninka partners are cultivating cacao. Large rainforest trees shade the cacao crop so it can flourish. No trees mean no cacao.
Across eight villages, 84% of Ashaninka rely on cacao as a major source of income. With their own cooperative, our partners are selling their highest quality beans to the UK and their hybrid cacao to the local market, this ensures the crop out prices any offer from loggers. growers ensure every bean has a value, that takes them a step closer to an income higher than any logging company could ever pay. Money earned is often reinvested to strengthen communities by equipping schools and clinics.
So, as well as being good for you, chocolate improves rainforest health and protects our Asháninka partners.