Your Awajún Impact Report
Autumn 2017

Your Awajún Impact Report <br /> Autumn 2017
Your Impact

You've diversified income streams

Creating sustainable income streams is a top priority for our partner communities. If a family can gain an income it will outweigh lucrative offers from logging companies, long-term.

Rice in the Awajún

Thanks to your support, Cool Earth’s Awajún partners have been able to explore creative and resourceful ways to keep trees standing. With the AMARNO artisan group, cacao cultivation and fish farms are flourishing. Next up? Growing and harvesting rice.

Rice has a double benefit. It can be sold at the market as well as providing food for the community.

Gentle slopes and fertile soil make the Awajún partnership an ideal location for rice cultivation. It takes just four months to grow the rice before it can be harvested and three harvest seasons a year mean families have a regular food supply and source of income from traders at Urakuza’s markets.

You invested in new equipment

The Jempe Community Association in Huaracayo used money from the community pot to form a rice committee and bought a new rice threshing machine. This machine extracts the grain from the seed cases known as chaff, so it is ready to be cooked, or sold at the local market.

So far, the Huaracayo community has planted 64 acres of rice with 25 acres a left to be planted. They have already sold 2.8 tonnes of rice for S/6,160 (approx. £1400).

And the good news, all profits go back the 43 rice growers from Huaracayo and Katish.

Keeping it sustainable

After processing, there is around 20kg of waste chaff. Chaff can be applied to cacao gardens, where it helps to stop weeds from growing, allowing cacao plants to access more nutrients.

Although indigestible to humans, chaff is also used to feed the fish and poultry and to mix into adobe brick for houses.

Your Awajún Impact Report <br /> Autumn 2017
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