& Intern News Archive
MBA student Katharina Scholz finished her 3 months working with CADO to
assure fair trade compliance and to design a marketing plan for the
cooperative. She designed and presented several teaching tools to help
CADO members understand and complete fair trade regulations. Her
marketing plan identified several potential new areas of interest, and
her work was honored with an award in CADO’s General Assembly.
Develops Fair Trade
Training Program for Organic Farmers
part of CADO’s
fair trade training, German intern Katharina Scholz has developed and
implemented a very successful educational program. The program focuses
on CADO’s five core values: care, progress, participate,
and strive, and is designed to help socios focus on living these values
as part of their compliance to the fair trade system.
Compliance Intern Works with Poorest Families
intern Tom Fee worked with CADO
socios in the village of
Guatzabí to help them conform to fair trade workplace health
and safety standards. He helped install safety equipment on sugar mills
and other equipment throughout the microdistilleries. CRACYP partnered
with CADO to provide some of the more expensive materials, helping to
assure that even the poorest families were able to complete the
Developed by Microfinance Intern
Simon Baynes, an Australian university student, initiated a plan for a
community bank within CADO, a community enterprise producing organic,
fair trade alcohol from sugar cane. He designed the framework
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. We
currently seeking microfinance
interns to continue Simon's
work, with the community bank and
with the women's group.
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.
Book Club Project Praised
The volunteer coordinator presented the ongoing Book Club project
to the Council on Children’s Affairs of the nearby
cantón of Pangua and to The Body Shop
representative. Both were excited about the
project, as it is unique in the area. The Council on
Children’s Affairs hopes to partner with CRACYP to replicate
the Club’s model. CRACYP plans to apply for a grant
from The Body Shop Foundation in order to make this feasible.
To donate books for the project, see our wishlist on amazon.com.
CRACYP's most recent volunteer, Corentin Denys, has spent four
weeks photographing the animal species present in and around
Jilimbí, an area particularly rich in bird and insect life.
He is also working to identify the species so that his photos
used to train eco-guides as part of the eco-tourism project in the area.
Literacy Program Started by Volunteer
Volunteer Tanya Conover started the process of curriculum development
for a nutrition and literacy program, and presented the first modules
to local children. Interactive lessons about healthy eating
helping students learn to read, and the Book Club Tanya helped to set
up in the village is popular and well-attended. Our amazon.com wishlist
titles and a shipping address for anyone who would like to donate
of Ecotourism in
CRACYP is beginning the development of an eco-tourism project in the
village of Jilimbí. A Bolivian volunteer,
Estefania Gamarra, has begun
working on a business plan for the project. Ecotourism will
bring economic diversification to the community and will allow
adventurous tourists to experience a truly unique farming community and
ecosystem completely off the beaten track.
Coordinator for Volunteers and Interns
CRACYP is delighted to announce that we have finally found a new
coordinator for our volunteer
and so can restart
the program. The program was popular and successful last year
but had to stop when we lost our coordinator. So far, amongst
other successes, our interns have succeeded, for example, in
establishing industrial control processes for fair trade norms with the
control of IMO Fair for Life. Margot
Conover joins us in May.
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