Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Tumaco, Colombia has been devastated by narcotraffic. Farmers want to transition their illicit coca crops to cacao. They were selling their cacao to Corpoteva, the small local coop, which paid farmers 75 cents/ lb. Corpoteva fermented and dried the cacao, sold it for 90 cents/ lb to an exporter, who sold to an importer, and then to a big manufacturer at the low and volatile world market price. Uncommon trained Corpoteva in quality processing, offered logistical support, financing, and connections to the stable, higher value specialty market. Farmers are now making $1.41 per lb, and Corpoteva is making $2.32 per lb. Farmers can reinvest in their farms, increase yields, and cacao is now a sustainable business for all actors at origin.
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
Uncommon Cacao has been measuring and reporting on impact under three categories (social, environmental, and product) since its first year of operation in 2011. In 2013, we saw an 85% increase in rate of farmers' children attending secondary school in Belize. In 2014, annual farming family income in Belize increased 92%, as a result of price increases, yield improvements, farm expansions, and market connections. More than 185 Belizean farmers have received over $133,000 in affordable Kiva microloans since 2014. Since founding, Uncommon's operation in Belize grew and supported the planting of over 100,000 subsidized cacao seedlings, and certified 1175 acres organic under USDA regulations. Within the next five years, we seek to dramatically scale our impact to 10,000 farming families across 15 countries, the goal being that all these families earn a living income through cacao farming.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
A combination of strategies to scale impact: (1) Growth of Uncommon Cacao Source + Trade to deliver social and environmental impact for our primary beneficiaries, rural cacao farming families, by connecting them with meaningful market access that empowers them to thrive in a farmer-friendly, highly-transparent supply chain (2) Train and consult strategic partner organizations to replicate best practices at origin, and (3) Establish industry standards on transparency and quality that equalize the conversation on trade for farmers and buyers, shifting market dynamics and empowering farmers.