In 2018, the leaders of the CAPPO Banana Cooperative in Peru faced a daunting challenge. Comprising 102 farming families, the co-op had been supplying their bananas to the Dole Company at a fair price. Dole notified them that in response to changing demand, CAPPO would need to begin farming its bananas organically and obtain the necessary organic certification. Without this, the farmers would lose their sole buyer. The co-op quickly implemented the necessary agricultural changes to begin producing bananas organically. However, steep certification fees and their inability to obtain local bank loans prevented them from becoming legally recognized as an organic producer.
CAPPO reached out to CHOICE, who was eager to respond with a loan of $10,000 from CHOICE Ventures -- a social investment fund fully owned by CHOICE Humanitarian and designed to invest in economic development opportunities. Impressively, the co-op paid back their loan one month early! Once certified, the organic bananas sold for double the non-organic price. The co-op now earns an additional $28,000, or $275 per family, each week. With the increased income from organic certification, these families now have the means to obtain clean water, healthcare, and educational opportunities for the first time ever.
See our 2018 Annual Report to learn how CHOICE is eliminating extreme poverty in seven countries!
Life can be hard for people living on the Andean Plateau. The altitude is high, vegetation is sparse, and growing food can be difficult. These conditions can naturally lead to situations where people are undernourished, and essential nutrition is a critical step in breaking the cycle of malnutrition and poverty.Read more
On behalf of the staff, Board of Trustees, and the tens of thousands of villagers whose lives you have helped improve thank you for being a part of the CHOICE Humanitarian family. Together, we reached new heights in 2017, and we owe this success to you for two reasons. First, you believe that extreme poverty can and should end in our lifetime. And second, you trust that CHOICE Humanitarian is the organization best suited to achieve this goal. Quite simply, you are the reason CHOICE continues to flourish and, on behalf of the entire CHOICE team, we can't thank you enough! 2017 Impact Report
As part of the Spring Into Action campaign running from April 16 – May 1, we will be posting daily about topics related to extreme poverty and how anyone and everyone can join the movement to end it.
How often do you take time to consider where your food comes from? Think about it -- the eggs you ate for breakfast were laid by a chicken on a farm. The salmon you’re grilling for dinner is a fish that used to swim in a body of water on the other side of the country. The chocolate milk you’re dipping your favorite cookie in was milked from a cow living somewhere in Montana. Due to an extensive supply chain, you can get all sorts of animal products from your local grocery store in the blink of an eye! Unfortunately, this is not the case for those living in rural villages around the world.Read more
The key to ending extreme poverty is collaboration. That’s why CHOICE Peru joined forces with representatives of the Piura Regional Government and the La Arena District Municipality to create an economic self-sufficiency program to benefit the families of four villages in the district of La Arena.Read more
Consider a life-changing moment you experienced. Who was there? What was it like? How was the course you were traveling altered? On my most recent expedition to the small community of Pampa de los Silva, Peru, I met a cohort of women whose lives were changed by a small group of ducks.
One day isn’t enough. National Chocolate Day is only one day a year. Luckily every day you can enjoy premium chocolate from farmers in partnership with CHOICE. And when you purchase this chocolate, a portion of the profit provides these farmers access an agricultural specialist.Read more
Maria raises and sells ducks to support her family. Maria became a mom at 16 years old. She speaks of the discrimination due to being pregnant at such a young age. However, despite the suffering and the financial problems her husband Elmer have a strong marriage.Read more
Shipping Charity International in partnership with XPO Logistics Global Forwarding has donated a shipping container to be sent to Peru. We’d love your help filling the container!
While the flooding in Peru has stopped, relief efforts in the region are far from finished. The CHOICE Peru team has been working with local partners to help drive, fund, and implement relief and reconstruction efforts. The CHOICE Peru team reports that the damage in the Piura is severe, with more than 800,000 people displaced and 100,000 homes destroyed. The relief efforts on the ground are struggling to provide basic relief supplies to the displaced, which are living in massive tent cities while homes are rebuilt. In these cities there is never enough shelter or food; many tents host 3 or more families, and most of the displaced people are only receiving one meal a day.Read more
In the past three months, heavy rain has caused severe flooding across South America. This flooding has caused extraordinary damage to towns and villages in Peru, where they have received over 60 inches of rain, overflowing rivers and destroying vital water, waste, and transportation infrastructure. CHOICE Peru was established in 2010 working with 12 families. That number has now grown to well over 300 families.