The Arhuacos are one of three indigenous groups that preserve the biodiversity sanctuary of the Sierra Nevada in Colombia. They believe that the balance of humanity is in the respect of all beings and the earth and that their territory, the Sierra Nevada, is the center of the universe. This community recently returned home after generations of land issues with colonizers and drug wars. Now, the Arhuacos derive their livelihoods mainly from sustainable agriculture including harvesting of native cacao deep in the jungle close to the Venezuelan border. Since 2009, Cacao Hunters has worked with the Arhuacos community of about 70 farmers to produce well-fermented, high quality cacao. In 2017, Cacao de Colombia handed management of the centralized fermentation and processing center over to the community to manage. Today, the Arhuacos farmers make 58% more income by selling wet cacao to their own processing center than dry to other buyers. For a community in which cacao is the main source of income for 9 out of 10 farmers, and where 73% of the people live below the Colombian poverty line, this increase in income makes a big difference in quality of life for families and furthers the sustainability of this incredible culture.
Here at Uncommon Cacao, we closely manage the quality of the beans in our supply chain through rigorous evaluation and ongoing training. We're proud to offer you the highest ultra-premium quality beans, which allow chocolate makers to create their award-winning chocolate. Farmers who produce high quality beans achieve greater business stability, and all in this supply chain benefit.