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THE VALRHONA CLEAN WATER PROJECT
A charity project to improve the living conditions and public health for the cocoa producing community of Los Ranchos, Peru.
In 2013, Valrhona partnered with the Norandino Cooperative, an organization working to restore a nearly lost variety of cocoa called “Gran Blanco” in Northwest Peru. Working together, Valrhona, the Norandino Cooperative and local farmers successfully brought back this nearly extinct cocoa. In the Spring of 2015, Valrhona launched ILLANKA 63%, a superb dark chocolate made from the Gran Blanco beans harvested in this area. This success of this chocolate resulted in a boom for the surrounding cocoa producing communities, creating much needed jobs and improving the local economy.
The village of Los Ranchos overlooks the Bigote River Valley in Northern Peru. The unfiltered natural springs serve as the main source of water for this community. However the water is often polluted. Parasite infections including cysticerosis, tape worm and colibacilosis plague the health of both children and adults.
We are thrilled to announce that Valrhona is going one-step further by launching the Valrhona Clean Water Project to improve the livelihood and public health in the village of Los Ranchos and the Bigote River Valley. Our goal is to raise $10,000 USD by July 2017 with all proceeds going toward the purchase and installation of water filters in the community of Los Ranchos. 200 families (800 people) would benefit from those filters. We are proud to donate $1.00 USD for every 500g bag ofILLANKA 63% sold in North America. We also would like to encourage independent initiatives and donations to support the project.
For more information or if you would like to get involved, please visit www.generosity.com.