Today we are Ama’zoning in on a story that takes place deep inside the Peruvian Amazon. A vibrant place filled with life from canopy top to rainforest floor.
Native Quechua families living in these lush fertile lands are constantly searching for ways to grow crops that can live amongst the tree’mendous Amazonian rainforest. Crops that thrive under the shade of the massive canopy. Crops that like to re’tree’t to this wet and humid environment. As a native Amazonian tree that grows best in the shade of other trees, cacao has proven to be the cream of the crop.
Cooperativa Allima Cacao is a 100% local farmer-owned cooperative that collects, ferments and exports the organic cacao grown in the Amazonian region of Chazuta, Peru.
The cooperative is made up of 200+ farmers who receive micro-loans, education in sustainable agriculture and improved wages for their quality cacao which is then turned into chocolate worldwide. The co-op is bringing a whole new livelihood to the people of Chazuta while tree’ting the Amazonian rainforest with the highest respect…a combination that is a tree’m come true!
As the demand for their premium cacao grows, the cooperative itself needs to grow and for this they are seeking a loan to help make it happen. So we’re Ama’zoning in on this group and bringing you a new piece of Peru to be part of it all too...
Here’s to protecting this world of tree’sures and to feeling good—because after all, it's Friday!
-Jack & Alley, Co-Founders
PS. We are s'tree'ming a few more countries into the Taaluma collection including our first piece of Eastern Europe!
Photos: Chazuta, Peru by Collectiva Allima Cacao
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Back in 2017, Tim helped open a middle school with a foundation called Mali Rising, which focuses on building schools in remote areas to spread education to the youth.
He has traveled back multiple times to visit the school (which was named in honor of him) and recently visited again to attend the wedding of his best friend's daughter.
The stories and pictures that Tim shared with us were INCREDIBLE..and they reminded us of our favorite things to do while traveling.
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The trip left him feeling bubbly since there were plen-tea of amazing things to do.
From going on a wok in the park