The forester

The qualified forester Henrris Castillo Mina is the star of the project. He is in charge of the gentle care of the seedlings. His knowledge of sustainability and the ideal location for the young trees flows into their planting.

The picture shows the young seedlings before being planted.
"Cacao is an integrated part of my culture"

Henrris Castillo Mina: "I grew up with the production of noble and aromatic cacao. Cacao is an integrated part of my culture and provides my family an economical livelihood."

Planting the trees

In the picture, the couple Linny Valencia (left) and Lilian Dalfo Estupiñan (center) is shown together with her sister. The couple has been working for the cooperative Aprocane for many years.

"We grew up with cacao"

Lilian Dalfo Estuniñan: "I believe that in order to achieve the highest quality cacao, it is necessary to invest in cultivation, this is something we have been doing for a long time. That means we grew up with cacao and know how to plant correctly."

Nieve Arroyo when planting

The father of seven children, Nieve Arroyo, carefully plants a cacao tree. Nieve describes the advantages of the long-term partnership with Felchlin as follows: "A strategic long-term partner who places value on sustainability instead of price ensures cacao production is attractive for farmers. At the same time Felchlin provides security because we know we have a purchaser for our harvest. Felchlin allows us to develop on a long-term basis with the knowledge that we can sell for a fair price."

El Fresco

The cooperative has nicknamed him simply: El Fresco - the cool. In the photograph it is evident why: during his break from picking bananas he looks into the camera with cool dignity. Most of the farmers involved in the cooperative work seasonally on cacao cultivation.

Over 1'000 seedlings

Our project in Ecuador has already supported the planting of well over 1'000 seedlings through the cooperative. El Fresco is working with the cacao seedlings.

Growth

Almost unnoticed, the young cacao trees can been seen on the left side of this picture where they are protected and strengthened by an assisting branch. It takes approximately three to four years before the cacao tree bears fruits and can be harvested for the first time.