is our aim so all of CRACYP’s projects include some tree
planting to make sure our progress is 'green'. Usually
“charge” the community a small percentage of the
income generated by the project, then return this to them in the form
seedlings which they must plant in suitable areas.
Advice is always available and we often provide productive
useful plants (e.g. bamboo, balsa, or
such as mango) and other native forest species.
Chocolate - a fair trade project to save the traditional.
old-growth Ecuadorian chocolate forests. The cacao-producing
communities are forming a fair trade consortium and are already
exporting community-produced fine cacao with organic certification to
Italy. They have fine quality organic cocoa beans for sale
and are producing processed chocolate products for fair trade sale.
- adventure ecotourists experience the local way of life on a
budget farmstay holiday, explore forest paths and
waterfalls with a community eco-tourism guide, enjoy the
amazing variety of flowers,
birds, insects and animals, and visit other
CRACYP Green Progress sustainable development projects.
Our new luxury
combine project visits with the best of Ecuador, including a Galapagos
cruise, luxury spa, highland hacienda and cloudforest lodge.
Sugarcane Farmers' Cooperative - over 280 farming
families in 18
communities grow sugarcane and produce
aguardiente (‘firewater’ or potable alcohol). The consortium was
established in 2003 and the farms now have organic
certification and IMO "Fair for Life" fair trade certification. CADO sells high quality
organic, fair trade alcohol to international clients for use in
perfumes, cosmetics and liqueurs.
- Appropriate technology and training in how to use it helps farmers to
improve their standard of living without damaging the environment.
CRACYP´s extensive experience in the transfer of
is recognised in the region.
- CRACYP has run or facilitated over 30 community development projects
in villages in the area, with the help of overseas volunteers in a
process which strengthens the organisational capacity of the community
as well as constructing a community building.
- a patented eco-friendly transport system of elevated cycle routes
roofed with solar panels, to reduce urban traffic congestion and
Organic Control of Introduced Species in the Galapagos
Islands - a project to replace invasive introduced
species in the private farmland of the unique Galapagos Islands with
organic crops and reforestation of
a long term project, still at the planning stage, which will involve
recycling waste plastics, reforestation, bio-fuels and the opportunity
for young Ecuadorians to earn scholarships.
CRACYP provided training and advice to start one local community bank.
Now there are over 100 of them in the area, lending community
members money for investment or emergencies, even when they might not
qualify for a loan from an ordinary bank.
Plantain Farmers' Group
- CRACYP has helped over 30 plantain farmers to get the best price for
crop through training, quality control and working together to
sell on national and international markets.
- Sustainable Rural Development &
Reforestation Projects in Ecuador for 'Green Progress'
Economic Development Projects which protect the Environment