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Sustainable agriculture For centuries, families in the Amazon have been oppressed and isolated. They’ve relied on antiquated skills passed down from their forefathers for survival, entrenching them in a devastating cycle of poverty. When we began our work in the region, we discovered a high level of malnutrition and poverty due limited farming knowledge stemming from their outdated cacao harvesting techniques. Together with community leaders, we agreed to conduct simple trainings for the locals, which we promised would enhance and diversify their agricultural knowledge, introduce new techniques and tools, create economic opportunity, and of course, help create food security in the region. This led to the establishment of the Agricultural Learning Center (ALC) a model of how to integrate sustainable farming with rainforest conservation. We’re ready for phase two: expanding the footprint of the ALC to include additional crops, while introducing this programming into schools and communities, so they, too, can become self-sustaining. The impact of the ALC won’t stop with this programmming. The profit from the crops sold will: • sustain the operations of the farms in perpetuity • be invested in projects across the other four WE Villages Pillars of Impact Families have done their part: they’ve attended workshops and have implemented new farming techniques. They’ve literally planted the seeds that will result in profound change for their families. It’s time for us to do our part: Let’s invest in the systems that will fund themselves in perpetuity and enable farmers to finally earn a livable wage.

By 2030, the profits from this farm will create important impact across two distinct regions in Ecuador, including:

Building 25 classrooms

Creating clean water access and provide programming to 5,000 people

“I never thought I’d see clean water here again in my lifetime.” —Rosa Granja

Ensuring access to health care for over 10,000 people

Empowering 5,000 farmers with the trainings to be economically and environmentally sustainable in their farming practices

Supporting over 500 women and girls in becoming economically self sufficient

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