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Thank you for growing a tree!

Together we regenerate what we consume on the Arhuaco LANDS in COLOMBIA 

soccer fields of cacao forest are being preserved

seedlings were grown in local nurseries

farmer families received premium prices

tree nurseries are up and running

Your tree grows here

Area: Ancestral lands of the Arhuaco people
The forest: Old-growth cacao forests the size of 356 soccer fields
Rare wildlife: Green sea turtles, pumas, deer, quetzal, woodnymphs, parakeets, harlequin frogs
Original bean: Select tribal, Businchari criollo cacao
Your growers: Dozens of families in 4 indigenous communities

TIMELINE

Updated: 20 August 2020

Winter 2020

Our partners distributed cacao seedlings from the nursery in Katanzama to more than 20 cacao farming families.

Autumn 2020

We installed a new drying infrastructure in Perico Agua with the support of IDH Cocoa Origins project.

Summer 2020

We set up a nursery for 5.000 cacao seedlings in Katanzma.

Spring 2020

External audit and successful certification of the first organic certification project withsmallholder growers in Colombia – ever!

Winter 2019

We identified and preserved an ultra-rare old criollo mother stock tree from extinction deep inside the Sierra Nevada. 

Visit the complete timeline of this project

ONE BAR : ONE TREE > GO SEE

First beleaguered by conquistadores, then by the cocaine trade, now by mining companies, the ancestral lands of the Arhuaco people is the most irreplaceable nature reserve according to a 2013 landmark analysis of every protected area on the planet.

In partnership with the Arhuaco tribal council we preserve the acutely rare Bunsinchari cacao and its rainforest home. Together, we empower the Arhuaco tribe to make a better living with ultra-premium and forest-friendly cacao, while protecting one of the rarest places on our Earth.

ALL THIS IS POSSIBLE THANKS TO YOUR PURCHASE!

“If we destroy the Sierra Nevada, we destroy the lungs of our world. And without breath, we won't survive."

Rogelio Mejia
ARHUACO GOVERNOR

“We are the original custodians of this cacao. It plays a vital role for our identity and spiritual beliefs.”

Mamo Kamili,
Spiritual leader of the Arhuacos

PARTNERs in Sierra Nevada (Arhuaco Ancestral Lands)

ARHUACO 82%

Heights of sweet spices, liquorice and sesame rise gently in this select tribal cacao made according to ancient Arhuaco tribal traditions that are designed to maintain the world’s natural harmony.