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Women-led Reforestation in Peru

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Based in the foothills of the Peruivan Amazon where the Andes mountains meet the rainforest, a cooperative of 691 farmers and families are growing coffee and cacao and working to combat climate change. Through farmer-driven reforestation programs, Cooperativa Agraria Cafetalera Pangoa (CAC Pangoa) farmers are restoring water and nutrients to their soil, increasing production of coffee and food and pulling carbon out of the atmosphere.

Grow Ahead has teamed up with CAC Pangoa to support a women-run reforestation project in the Peruvian Amazon. The Pangoa Women’s Committee has a long history of supporting the women producers in the cooperative and this project strives to provide economic opportunities for women and protect lands from the effects of climate change. 

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What are the goals of the project?

  • Work with 90 women cooperative members to
  • Plant 22,500 trees on 45 hectares.
  • Three community associations will be created to monitor ecosystem health and to support with education and capacity-building around conservation and fair carbon certification

What will the budget cover?

Tree planting is about more than just trees. This budget covers technical assistance for the management and implementation of the project, production and installation of coffee seedlings, production and installation of forest seedlings, installation of nurseries and the cost of conservation by the Women's Committee of Pangoa.

Does $1 really equal 1 tree?

$1 includes the cost of growing a tree at a nursery, transportation, material, ongoing maintenance, and operating costs (as outlined above).

Can you tell me more about CAC Pangoa?

CAC Pangoa was founded in 1977 by 50 farmers from the town of San Martin de Pangoa, with the aim of improving the price of its products; since then it has been working cooperatively and in solidarity in the face of the collective need of its members and the community at large. Since the early 2000s, Pangoa has focused on organic and fairtrade markets for both coffee and cacao, encouraging the shift to organics through a program of training and documenting practices according to international organic standards.

Aside from being a economic driver selling coffee, cocoa and honey, the cooperative plays a critical role in the community. CAC Pangoa focuses on the overall health and livelihoods of its members and provides resources through programs like the Health Services Fund which covers medical costs and improves infrastructure by installing washrooms, toilets and kitchen stoves and the Education Fund which funds university education of young members and members’ children. CAC Pangoa is run by General Manager Esperanza Dionioso, the first women to run a coffee cooperative in Peru. Under her leadership for the past 20 years, the cooperative has been committed to supporting women's involvement and economic opportunities through the Women's Committee.

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