This project helps indigenous Asháninka families in the Peruvian Amazon to generate sustainable income through the production of environmentally-friendly crops like cocoa. Our work is based in the Ene River valley, Junin Region, Peru, where we work closely with the Kemito Ene cocoa cooperative.

Through the programme, we are helping the Asháninka people to improve productivity and building Kemito Ene’s capacities to manage the cocoa business efficiently, sustainably and autonomously.


Cocoa production is a vital source of income for indigenous families in the Peruvian Amazon. Asháninka cocoa and coffee producers want training to help them produce cocoa of sufficient quality for chocolate production. Local producers want to take their product to the international market without being exploited by traders. They also want their cocoa to be a sustainable source of income.

By providing training and tools through the Kemito Ene cooperative, we have been supporting the Asháninka people both through improving post-harvest and production techniques and by building the cooperative’s capacity to sell its increasingly high-quality products on the global market.



In September 2019, Kemito Ene was awarded the prestigious biennial UN Development Programme’s Equator Prize in recognition of its "outstanding community effort to reduce poverty through the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity".


This project has helped Asháninka families to improve their productivity and produce better quality and sustainably-grown cocoa. A recent agreement made between Kemito Ene and organic chocolate maker Loving Earth will mean a stable source of income for Asháninka producers and their families.

Some of our achievements include:

  • Increased the overall production of cocoa from 1.4 tonnes in 2009 to 90 tonnes in 2017
  • Improved quality of cocoa beans
  • Increased family incomes by more than 20%
  • Implemented a business management school to build capacities of Kemito Ene leaders
  • Kemito Ene has registered its own brand and has been an actively participant in the Salon del Cacao y Chocolate in Lima, Peru



4000 people engaged


90 tonnes annually


106000 hectares