Biofruit Napoli - the organic golden berry farmers association in nariño, colombia.
What's in a name? Biofruit NAPOLI was started in 2007 by six members:
Nancy, Alba, Piedad, Osvina, Leonardo*, & Lilliana. (*Leonardo was the only Male founder of the association!)
The association has 16 members, 15 of which are farmers. Giraldo Rosero the only non-farmer member operates a nursery for golden berry plant starts. He carefully nourishes the seeds into starts, then farmers come to purchase and plant the starts in their farmers.
Each member owns a farm. Collectively they hire 81 workers who harvest and sort the leaves. The vast majority of these workers are women, which is a welcomed change in Colombia. All of the members meet on the first Sunday of every month. They gather to share success stories, organic practices, and encourage each other in their work.