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My name is Fredesvinda Pisco Fonseca…

On 20 September 2016, in Alto Huayabamba

My name is Fredesvinda, but everybody in my village calls me Fredita. I was born in Pucallpillo on 19 October 1948. My parents were not from the Alto Huayabamba, but I consider myself as a native here. I grew up very close to nature. Before the seventies, we mainly lived of fish, hunting and crop…

Have a chat with the farmers!

On 18 August 2016, in Alto Huayabamba

You‘ve seen the faces of the farmers behind your Choba Choba chocolates and you‘ve read their stories… But what about getting directly in touch with them and having a chat about Choba Choba and their life in the Alto Huayabamba? How? Just phone up the cacao rebels in Peru! In our community Santa Rosa, a…

Tired of your boss? Nicolas has 36 of them!

On 29 June 2016, in 5 Questions for...

Nicolas recently joined the Choba Choba Family and will be in charge of the Choba Choba Farmers’ Association (ACCC). But before you become the Managing Director, you first must learn to be a farmer! And we know the best place to learn this profession! Read Nico’s impressions of his first trip to the Alto Huayabamba: 1. You had a stable and well…

The artist behind the enchanting Choba Choba Design – part II

On 21 June 2016, in Alto Huayabamba

Commitment for the preservation of the Amazonian beauty Being very familiar with the richness of the Amazonian environment thanks to his life as a shaman, Amaringo put his work as an artist at the service of the preservation of the Amazonian environment and culture. In 1988 he founded the USKO-AYAR, Escuela de Pintura Amazonica, a…

The artist behind the enchanting Choba Choba Design – Part I

On 21 June 2016, in Alto Huayabamba

The colorful painting where many natural and mystical elements converge has become a distinctive mark of Choba Choba. Shamans, snakes, exotic flowers and plants, a black jaguar, a jungle waterfall, mystic creatures and many more elements flow together in a colorful interpretation named El encanto de las piedras – The Enchanted Stones. A story intrinsically…

My name is Juanita Valverde Ramírez …

On 17 May 2016, in Alto Huayabamba

… I was born in 1973 in Juanjui. In 1992 I met my husband, Jorge Yoplas, and this is how I arrived in the Alto Huayabamba, where Jorge worked. Together we have three beautiful children. Back then all the farmers in the Alto Huayabamba produced coca which was the only way for us to earn a…

My name is Jorge Yoplas Tuanama …

On 15 March 2016, in Alto Huayabamba

… but my friends call me “Yoplac”. Born in Bellavista in the region of San Martin, Peru, I am the fourth of seven children. My mother died when I was only 11 years old and we were brought up by our sister in Iquitos. Our father had left us a long time ago … From…

My name is Oswaldo …

On 1 February 2016, in Alto Huayabamba

Hello, my name is Oswaldo. I was born in Juanjui, a town in Northern Peru. In 1975, I finished school and decided to travel to the capital of my country in order to improve my quality of life. My father died when I was only 18 years old. From that time, our situation became very…

We are not helping them. They are helping us !

On 24 October 2015, in Alto Huayabamba

I just turned 33 and for the past 10 years I have been working hand in hand with dozens of small scale farmer organizations involved in agroforestry systems and organic farming, proudly fighting for a better social, economical and environmental future. From India to Peru, from Morocco to South Africa, all over the world I…

The crazy hike that changed my life…

On 20 October 2015, in Alto Huayabamba

8 years ago I started to work for Chocolats Halba, a quite big Swiss chocolate producer. My job was to develop a sustainability strategy and to set up direct relationships with cocoa farmers. When I started, Halba was buying its cocoa through the anonymous international cocoa market and nobody in the company had ever seen…