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My name is Fredesvinda Pisco Fonseca…


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!


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…

My name is Juanita Valverde Ramírez …


… 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 …


… 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…

El Niño – The Problem Child


Extreme floods in South America and England, strong storms in North America, severe drought in Southeast Asia and Australia: This is El Niño. A phenomenon that shifts these regions’ usual weather conditions to the extreme climatic opposite. El Niño together with his sister La Niña are two complex weather patterns and opposite phases of the…

My name is Oswaldo …


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…

The crazy hike that changed my life…


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…

My name is Charito…


Hello! I am Charito. I was born in the Pachiza district. When I was an eleven-year-old girl, I used to visit my grandparents at the Alto Huayabamba Valley. In the community of Dos de Mayo we grew corn, bananas and cassava. We also raised farmyard animals. Life had much to do with nature then. When…