Israel grows organic mango on his land in Vereda Guacana, Colombia. He owns approximately 8 hectares of land which supports the work of two farming families and eight additional families during harvest time. Through converting to organic practices, Israel says he has gained a new sense of appreciation for sustainable practices and an increased environmental awareness. Most notably, he is motivated to continue to grow sustainably for the future! Don Israel sells his mangoes to Fruandes, receiving a fair price for his crops.
Trading Partner: Fruandes SAS
Background of Fruandes: In 2002, Level Ground sought to respond to the commodity crash that saw the market value of coffee beans reduced to nearly nothing. Our original intent was to support small-scale rural farmers. If farmers were going to survive, they needed to diversify. Fruit, a natural by-product of Colombia's rich tropical climate, was coffee's most practical partner. From this, Fruandes dried fruit was born!
Farmer Profile: Independent farmers or associations of small-scale farmers.
Direct Fair Trade Premiums: Fruandes provides its workers with a sustainable wage, vocational training, health care and education for their children. Three of the original members of Fruandes remain with the organization and have received microcredit loans that allowed for the down payment on a home outside the refugee life of Cazuca.