What we do?

Working in the rural area, we have identified 4 important needs generated by the challenges of cacao farmers in Guatemala. 

We beleive that in order to bring more value back into the communities of the cacao producers, we have to develop economical opportunities with education in the sustainable feild, to have direct links between consumers and the farmers, to involve women in the local econmy and protect their rights anf finally, to advocate for conscious consomption globally.  

The Situation

Over 6.5 million people in Guatemala identify as indigeous and face livelihood challenges, particularly in rural areas.

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The Root Causes

01

Green Revolution

What was once a solution to hunger and urbanization, it became the cause of large scale mono-culture, chemical uses, soil degredation, deforestation and climate change. 

02

descrimination against indigenous

Indigeneous communities are misrepresented in the politics of Guatemala and have access a a smaller amount of services.

03

Opression

Due to centuries of oppression,, the indegenous community has lost a great amount of tradition, confidence and abundance which once belonged to them. 

Progress

Odylia is the leader of a farming women collective called Nuevo Amanecer. The work of the collective has been an inspiration for the conservative region. The group of women are bringing a lot of abundance into the communities and are now getting to be well-known worldwide. 

When we started working with Odylia as Cacao Source, a cacao production social enterprise, Odylia’s project was still at its early stage and using very small infrastructures. A lot of work was necessary for the collective to fulfill Cacao Source requirements of sourcing but the collective saw the potential into sustainable practices. 

Today, Odylia has expended the kitchen to meet higher standards, cleared the land of trashes and developed an educational workshop on the process of cacao of which her daughter Evelyn is now the spoke person. 

Odylia Give Back to the Source

We see some initiative in diversification of crops, regeneration of soil, empowerment of small scale farmers, opportunity development for women and education.

Most initiatives have had a direct powerful impact on the communities targeted. With Give Back to the Source we do believe that much more work is necessary as we are tackling a population of 6.5 million indigeneous with 70% living in poverty with a growing soil degradation and an alarming climate change warming. In order to reach that scale, many more organizations are needed and a much larger scale of work with collaborative initiatives are necessary. 

What is going on in Guatemala

Our programs

The government is very little active in the problem and therefore non-for-profit organizations are necessary. As the problem is so wide, very few organizations niche themselves with a crop such as cacao.. What is interesting with cacao is that it has been one of the most significant crops in the Mayan time which infused the crop with a rich history and tradition. Beyond its history, the crop is an incredible health ally and is very abundant in an agroforestry model. The crop represents much more than a fruit but as well a culture, prosperity and healing.

Give Back to Farmer Program

This program connects consumers directly with the cacao farmers. We work with businesses which desire to give back to their producers by adding on their product a QR code the consumers may scan and learn more about the farmer behind the product. The businesses joining the program pledge 10% of their profit to Give Back to the Source and consumers have the option to give back to the farmer with a donation. Give Back to the Source is working with the farming communities of these businesses and running a unique program adapted to each community’s need and development desire based on social and environmental change.

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Women program

With Guatemala having one of the highest femicide rate in the world and half of the population inactive, we recognize that the development of the rural economy can be addressed by focusing on women. With cacao processing job opportunities we already have been able to provide income opportunities to over 70 women. The vision is to create programs for women to become active in the economy, develop self-esteem and support their path in child’s education so they have access to the tools they need, This program includes education opportunities, apprenticeship, work placement and empowerment workshops.

International advocates of ethical products

We work with an initiative beyond fair-trade or organic but rather the idea that while consuming, you are part of a positive impact. We develop campaigns which bring awareness of the impact, in all its dimensions, of the products we consume on a daily basis. These campaigns include marketing strategies, provocative video exposing truths of unethical farming practices and mainstream food literacy. You are welcome to donate you time, skills and financial means in order to promote up front the well-being of farmers and environment.

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