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
CADO Exhibits Products at
Organic Trade Fair
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
New Producer Calendars for
fair trade producer
are helping CADO's
farmers keep track of their production
activities. The calendars are user-friendly and
that even illiterate members can easily record required information.
As part of the training program, a team from CADO, CRACYP,
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.
Fair Trade Premium Used to
Improve Rural Infrastructure
cooperative CADO used their fair
from American client Dr.
Bronner's to build
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
even in the dry season.
CADO Celebrates New
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
their business. CADO's participation in parades ensures brand
recognition and helps them access important resources
programs provided by local and national government.
Fair Trade Interns Help
Compliance and Training
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.
CADO Commits to
Development and Fair Trade
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
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
Microloan Program for CADO
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
system of microloans and savings accounts, and held meetings within the
various CADO communities to inaugurate the bank. Currently,
membership is only available to women as a way to promote more
participation and responsibility in CADO on their part.
CADO Exhibits at BioFach
Products Trade Fair
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
Way Forward for Development
Ben Evans, an
worker/public health professional, completed a social structure
communities. His report identifies and evaluates numerous local
and allows CADO to create an action plan for addressing them.
essential for CADO’s compliance with fair trade certification
and for social development in the region. We are now looking
interns to continue Ben's work by helping create the necessary action
plans for more social inclusion.
Botanist Intern Produces
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.
Biologist Intern Compiles
of Bird Species
Canadian biologist intern Sarah Yuckin completed a study of the
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.
The Body Shop Renews Commitment to Buy; Book Club Praised; Ecotourism
Progressing Well; Fair trade inspections; ecotourism development;
organic chocolate cream
liqueur; solar cycle route; fair trade cacao (chocolate); world water
day; organic sugar cane
CRACYP news about the environment, sustainable
development & reforestation in rural communities
in Ecuador. 'Green Progress': social and economic development
protects the environment