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Our sourcer Benjamin Figarède has worked alongside our Peruvian partner, the Norandino Cooperative, since 2013. In 2016, Benjamin helped launch a crowdfunding project in 2016 with Valrhona USA and Norandino to provide clean drinking water to the farming community of Los Ranchos.

Over the course of the year-long “Clean Water Project”, $2 from every 3kg bag of Illanka 63% sold went to the initiative. Our clients also got involved, raising money with dedicated products and events. Following flooding in Peru in early 2017, we stepped up our fundraising even further. Thanks to the generosity of Valrhona clients, we raised over $18,000 by the end of the campaign in July 2017. 

Since receiving the funding, Norandino has worked with the Canchaque Municipal District to install a new water system. Today, the 1200 inhabitants of Los Ranchos now have access to clean drinking water.

Through our long-term partnership with the Norandino Cooperative, we commit to supporting cocoa producers and to support them in preserving, cultivating and preparing the finest of aromatic cocoas. This is why we are co-financing a technical advisor in the region over three years, as well as working with Norandino to develop a Gran Blanco seedling nursery.

Over $18,000 raised by the Valrhona Clean Water Project

750 inhabitants of Los Ranchos now have access to clean drinking water

130 producers in the Rio Bigote valley benefit from technical support

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