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Asociacion Kallari

Kallari is an organization of 850 Kichwa families, who produce fine Cacao flavor, cocoa powder, and dark chocolates to gourmet markets.


The associated planting maintains biodiversity of wildlife (mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles and insects) that feed or lives inside the "chakra". Several species are useful to our food, or to promote agricultural production, or pest control. For example, bats, birds and a multitude of insects perform activities of pollination on tropical flowers. Thus, the "chakra" ensures greater resistance to the impacts of climate change. Our crops and forests are located in the Biosphere Reserve of Sumaco, and also serve as biological corridors of Antisana National Park, Llanganates National Park, Sumaco Park and the Napo-Galeras Park as well as several private reserves in the province of Napo. Our families have more than 100,000 hectares of primary forest, and less than 5,000 hectares of cacao, producing gourmet chocolate for export, maintain forests for future generations because our economic activity is part led to process the raw material and not only produce. So the environmental impact is reduced, because there are high value added and less pressure to produce large amounts.


Kallari has its roots in the early 1990's, during the national mobilization of the indigenous movement, when the indigenous peoples of Ecuador demanded better political representation, bilingual education programs, and better social services for the rural sector. To organize and run events, it was possible to establish a communication network prompt and extensive to cover the area. This communication foundation served for starting Kallari in 1997, which was used for the collection of forest, agricultural and handicraft products with the challenge of improving the incomes and empowered by involving us in the value chain of raw materials. Note that we are an indigenous organization thatd process our raw materials into fine products of high quality. The social impact is a cocoa price that exceeds four times the increase in the fair market price. Also, the monthly household income of our organic partners has increased by 60% from 2013 to 2015, while the world price of cacao on the stock fell 25%. By including training to address the issue of gender equality, we showed that our communities maintain equity in the family leadership. Finally, most of the proceeds from the sale of cacao are paid to the woman who grow cacao, mainly activity driven by mothers. Finally, Kallari succeeds by the high quality of its product and the high-volume production of it, which is superior to other providers that lack the social and organizational resources of the Kichwa Nationality of Amazonia.

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