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With the support of USAID and in alliance with the Fundación Luker, Enel Emgesa, Saldarriaga Concha Foundation and EAFIT University, we were able to make "The Cocoa Effect" a reality, a cooperation agreement with which we seek to improve the living conditions of cocoa farmers and their communities in three regions of the country where each ally will contribute from its experience to the economic and social transformation of 16 municipalities in Urabá Antioqueño, Bajo Cauca, and Centro Sur del Huila. 

 

With this project we want to achieve increasingly productive and sustainable cocoa plantations over time, through 4 lines of intervention: 

  1. New planting and rehabilitation of cocoa plantations
  2. Strengthening social and business skills
  3. Promotion and training in entrepreneurship with a gender perspective
  4. Strengthening academic and social-emotional skills.

 

This is one of the most far-reaching projects of The Chocolate Dream, focusing on sustained and integrated solutions in our country's cocoa farming areas. 

 

We believe that when we sow hope, we can build a Colombian countryside with better opportunities.

 

Partners:

Fundación Luker: Fundación Luker started in 1994 as a non-profit private organization, pursuing the interests of a company from Manizales to make their city a better place for living and to educate the kids.

USAID: Leads international development and humanitarian efforts to save lives, reduce poverty, strengthen democratic governance and help people progress beyond assistance.

Enel: Enel is a multinational company in the energy sector and a leading integrated operator in the global electricity and gas markets, with a particular focus on the European and Latin American markets.

EAFIT University: is a Colombian university whose main campus is located in Medellín. It also has offices in Bogotá, Pereira and Rionegro. It was founded in 1960. It has 21 undergraduate degrees, 53 specializations, 34 master's degrees and 6 doctorates.

Saldarriaga Concha Foundation: It is a family origin foundation. Its purpose is to transform Colombia into a solidarity society that recognizes and respects the elderly and people with disabilities.

Start Date:

January

2019

Duration: 60 months

48%

Finish Date:

January

2024

Total
investment

37 Millions (US$)

TOTAL BUDGET

SPENT

Impact on people

2,597

People

51% women

49% men

LOCATION

60%

20%

20%

Adults

Young

Children

Skills Developed

Socioemotional skilss

Resilence

Teamwork

Female empowerment

Technical, commercial and administrative skills

Cocoa farmer empowerment

Entrepreneurship

Results

  • Visits by producer partners 5875.
  • Improved hectares 1340.
  • 430 Producer trainings.
  • 600 Entrepreneurship Trainings.
  • 60% participation of women in entrepreneurship training.
  • 30 Entrepreneurship supported.
  • 596 producer partners.
  • Academic and socio-emotional training for 2000 children and young people.
  • A total of 655 hectares rehabilitated.
  • Purchase by Luker Agrícola cocoa bean in the pulp from Asoprone and Turbo associations.
  • Recognition of 3 entrepreneurships in the framework of the Business Initiative Competition at EAFIT University.
  • Active participation of women in production projects.
  • Launch of the campaign "Valoro la Mujer Campesina".
  • Recognition and re-signification of the role of women in the countryside and construction of inclusive economies in rural areas.

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