& Intern News
American Volunteers Conduct
Research on Trees and CADO
Taylor, American agroforestry intern, and Rachel Roberts, American
volunteer, spent much of the past month gathering tree seeds and
seedlings from local communities for starting in CADO’s nursery.
Marcus is a graduate student at the University of Copenhagen conducting
research on the usage of trees in CADO agroecosystems. In addition to
conducting surveys, he has been leading a series of workshops planning
the growth of the CADO tree nursery.
American Economics Intern
Conducts Cost of Production Survey
Drawec, an American economics/production-cost analysis intern,
interviewed CADO organic sugarcane farmers and
administration officials to investigate
costs of production and important financial roadblocks for the
cooperative. Her project was an important step in the process
of quantifying the total cost of production for fair trade sugar cane
alcohol producers. As a result of her work, a case study will
be produced that will be extremely useful in understanding the costs of
production in various communities as well as identifying various issues
in the buying/exportation process.
Iowa State Students Construct
Shade Frame for Tree Nursery
students and 2 professors from Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa
stayed in with 3 families in Jilimbí for a service learning
Spring Break trip in March. With assistance from a local
the students harvested bamboo and constructed a shade frame for our
tree nursery to protect seedlings from the sun during the summer.
In addition, the students transplanted some 20 fruit trees from the
existing nursery to help address the issue of food security in the
area. They also volunteered at the local community center, reading
books and playing games with primary school students.
Organizational Consultancy for
CADO's Women's Committee
& February 2013
5 female farmers of CADO's
women's committee worked with social responsibility consultant
Ben Evans to develop the committee's organizational structure and operational plans. The committee leadership was
democratically elected in 2012 to guide community- and
family-led social interest projects. At 7 participatory
workshops the group focused on: (1) leadership skills training for the committee administrators, (2) a
conceptual, values-based framework to establish the committee's purpose
and direction, & (3) the essential organizational and
operational documents necessary to guide actions. Now, the leaders of the "Comité de Mujeres CADO" (CMC)
have new skills in the facilitation of participatory group
decision making, reflective learning & appreciative dialogue
leadership techniques. The committee leaders established mission
& vision statements, & a values structure. They established an operational plan & budget for 2013, wrote an
organizational policy to support greater participation of
women in CADO, and instituted constitutional amendments recognizing the
CMC as a formal structure in the cooperative.
Farewell to Sustainable
Development Coordinator Margot Conover
the start of the month, CRACYP bade farewell to Margot
Conover, Sustainable Development Coordinator from May
2011-December 2012. Margot was instrumental in starting a
number of projects, including the transition of CADO to becoming a Fair
Trade organization, an after-school literacy program for children, and
the development of an eco-tourism project. She remains in
touch with us and helps out as a consultant. At the same
time, CRACYP welcomes Nick
Ohde as the new Sustainable Development Coordinator.
Nick will be using his extensive experience of agriculture
and development to guide interns and volunteers through the challenges
of life in the field.
New Sustainable Development
Coordinator for Volunteer & Intern Program
Ohde, a graduate of Iowa State University with an MA in
Sustainable Agriculture, has been working with CRACYP since July,
helping with fair trade compliance and various community projects, and
will now be promoted to take responsibility for volunteers and interns.
He is currently training with the current coordinator of the
volunteer and intern program, Margot Conover and will assume her role
in December. Learn more about our volunteer
opportunities and internship
program and our new
sustainable development coordinator.
Production Cost Analysis by
Intern Will Help Assure Fair Prices
intern Maya Cross, a senior at the University of Georgia, developed a
production cost analysis for CADO. She interviewed CADO farmers in
villages around the region to determine their cost of living and the
input costs for their microdistilleries. Maya used this information to
write a report detailing her findings and providing recommendations for
continuing the study in the future. The report will be used to help
CADO assure fair prices from international clients.
Native Trees Researched by Intern
for Reforestation & Food Security
intern Junko Tomae, a sophomore at Soka University, spent 6 weeks
researching native trees in the area and organizing a tree nursery.
She planted over six hundred seedlings of native and
fruit-bearing species as part of CRACYP's reforestation and food
security programs. Junko organized and led a minga (community
work group) to clear the pasture for the nursery on land recently
purchased by CADO. The seedlings will go to CADO members to
be planted on their farms.
Educational Interns Develop
British Millie Townsend of Oxford University and American Sam Holte of
Beloit University, worked as a team to create a primary education
program at the Jilimbí school. They developed an
ecologically themed curriculum and gave dynamic, interactive lessons.
As a side project, they also interviewed dozens of CADO
members to make a video that will be used for client education and
Marketing Intern Receives Award
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.
Intern 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
Community Bank Microloan Program
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.
Social Structure Analysis Shows
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 Plant
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.
Biologist Intern Compiles List
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.
information about volunteering in Ecuador
Green Progress with CRACYP:
working holidays in sustainable
development, conservation and reforestation;
Ecuador volunteering opportunities in rural communities
and community projects;
volunteer jobs & voluntary work in Ecuador's
volunteer service: openings for consultants to use their professional