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CADO's stand at international organic trade fair BioFach in GermanyNonprofits Targeted
CRACYP News, June 2014
CRACYP continues to struggle to survive in the face of a bureaucratic onslaught.  The current government, over the last couple of years, has introduced an ever-increasing flow of obligatory new permissions, certificates and other hoops to jump through for nonprofits.  It appears that the underlying aim is to force NGOs out of existence, by starving them of resources.  We apologise for the lack of updates on this website, the very few resources we have had to be diverted to form-filling and survival, but we will try to catch up as and when we can.  Unfortunately, we are not currently in a position to be able to operate our very successful and productive volunteer and internship program.
CADO's stand at international organic trade fair BioFach in GermanyCADO Exhibits Products at BioFach Organic Trade Fair
CADO News, February 2013
Our organic sugarcane alcohol project, community enterprise CADO, participated for the 2nd year in the BioFach organic products trade fair in Nuremburg, Germany. It provided samples of the new recipe for its organic cream liquors which were well received by attendees of the fair. As a result, CADO continues to grow its recognition at the international level, and hopes to expand its client base to other countries in Europe and North America.
CRACYP coordinator Nick Ohde carrying out agricultural training on a rural farmNew Producer Calendars for Fair Trade Farmers
CADO News, September 2012
New fair trade producer calendars are helping CADO's farmers keep track of their production activities.  The calendars are user-friendly and designed so that even illiterate members can easily record required information.  As part of the training program, a team from CADO, CRACYP, and the Pueblo Montubio (an organization advocating for the rights of the Montubio culture) carried out individual trainings on 100 farms.  Farmers were excited to receive their new calendars.
CRACYP staff and volunteers installing pump as part of rural development programFair Trade Premium Used to Improve Rural Infrastructure
CADO News, August 2012
Organic sugar cane cooperative CADO used their fair trade premium from American client Dr. Bronner's to build and repair infrastructure in the village of Guatzabí, one of the poorest communities in the area. A hanging bridge was repaired and weather-proofed to make it safe for the rainy season, and a new concrete bridge was built over another river ensuring vehicle access to the village. Additionally, a ram pump was installed by CRACYP staff and volunteers to ensure that Guazabí has running water even in the dry season.
CADO's new logo featuring the blue and green of fair trade, and the sugarcane from which the organic alcohol is made.CADO Celebrates New Corporate Logo
CADO News, June 2012
CADO revealed to the cooperative members its new corporate logo, which features the blue and green associated with fair trade and depicts sugarcane, origin of CADO’s alcohol.  Caps with the new logo were made to promote group identity and local recognition, and worn when over 100 members from all 12 CADO villages marched in the founding day parade of the county seat, El Corazón, to show their pride in their business. CADO's participation in parades ensures brand recognition and helps them access important resources and programs provided by local and national government.
Fair trade trainingFair Trade Interns Help with Compliance and Training
CRACYP News, April-May 2012
Australian intern Tom Fee helped organic farmers in the village of Guatzabí to conform to fair trade workplace health and safety standards. He helped install safety equipment throughout the microdistilleries. CRACYP provided some of the materials, helping to assure that even the poorest families could complete the required changes.  German intern Katharina Scholz developed and implemented a very successful educational program focusing on CADO’s five core values: care, progress, participate, respect, and strive, designed to help socios focus on living these values as part of their compliance with the fair trade system.
community meetingCADO Commits to Sustainable Development and Fair Trade
CADO News, April 2012
At their General Assembly in April, CADO producers voted to accept all the new regulations relating to their yearly fair trade inspection.  They affirmed CADO's commitment to fair trade principles and to the promotion of sustainable development in the area.  CADO's Fair for Life certification from IMO reassures buyers of their alcohol that the producers work in safe conditions and receive a fair price for their labour.
Members of rural community who could benefit from microfinanceMicroloan Program for CADO in Development
CADO News, March 2012
Organic farmers belonging to CADO will soon be able to access microloans, thanks to microfinance intern Simon Baynes, an Australian university student, who initiated a plan for a community bank within CADO.  He designed the framework for a system of microloans and savings accounts, and held meetings within the various CADO communities to inaugurate the bank.  Currently, bank membership is only available to women as a way to promote more participation and responsibility in CADO on their part.
CADO exhibited at the BioFach 2012 organic products fairCADO Exhibits at BioFach Organic Products Trade Fair
CADO News, February 2012
CADO participated in the BIOFach organics products trade fair in Nuremburg, Germany.  It was an excellent opportunity to present the new chocolate and coffee cream liqueurs to a global market and to network with potential clients for the liqueurs and for our ethanol.  CADO hopes to expand its client base as a result.  We also had the chance to connect with other small, rural, community enterprises and compare experiences.
Social Structure Analysis Shows Way Forward for Development
CRACYP News, February 2012
community meeting in EcuadorIntern Ben Evans, an American social worker/public health professional, completed a social structure analysis of CADO communities. His report identifies and evaluates numerous local social issues and allows CADO to create an action plan for addressing them.  This is essential for CADO’s compliance with fair trade certification and for social development in the region.  We are now looking for interns to continue Ben's work by helping create the necessary action plans for more social inclusion.
Volunteer photographer, photographing local vegetation.Botanist Intern Produces Plant Guide
CRACYP News, January 2012
A botanist from New Zealand, Ben Fitzgerald, completed a study of plants in the area, as part of our internship program.  Ben created a guide book showing some of the most interesting or unusual plant species and how to identify them.  It will be used to train local guides for an ecotourism project we are developing in the area, which has high levels of biodiversity and wide range of vegetation.Choco Toucan in Ecuador
Biologist Intern Compiles List of Bird Species
CRACYP News, January 2012
Canadian biologist intern Sarah Yuckin completed a study of the birds around Jilimbí, the location of our volunteer and intern program and a future ecotourism project. She identified more than 100 species, many of which are rare in the area. The guide book that she created will be used for training eco-tourism guides.

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