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Yaku Latin Goods: Our Social Enterprise Journey

Santiago Mejia

Yaku Latin Goods: Our Social Enterprise Journey

At the beginning of 2018, Yaku Latin Goods was accepted into Impact Boom’s Elevate+ Program - a 12-week program strategically designed to help social enterprises create positive impact. Above all, the program sought to help further develop a social enterprise, to define the purpose, vision and values that embody the business and drive the value it creates. A sensible place to start in understanding Yaku Latin Goods’ purpose is with its founders - Gabi & Santi. Yaku’s Beginnings Gabi & Santi are both from Quito, the capital of the incredibly diverse country of Ecuador. While one side of the country...

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Yaku Latin Goods, one of Brisbane's Top Emerging Social Entrepreneurs

Santiago Mejia

Yaku Latin Goods, one of Brisbane's Top Emerging Social Entrepreneurs

We’ve been selected to participate in Impact Boom’s Elevate + Social Enterprise Accelerator Program. This is a great opportunity to get mentoring from passionate and experienced industry professionals and to gain exposure, so we can bring our Yaku journey to a next level. To know more, please click here.

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THE CHOC OF THE NEW by The Economist’s 1843 magazine

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THE CHOC OF THE NEW by The Economist’s 1843 magazine

"Ecuador’s cacao zone is to chocolate cognoscenti what Bordeaux is to wine-lovers". This is Richard's first line and we couldn't be more agree. Enjoy reading this great article about Ecuadorian chocolate made with its sublime cacao. THE CHOC OF THE NEWThe Economist’s 1843 magazine's article PAUL RICHARDSON | FEBRUARY/MARCH 2017 Ecuador’s cacao zone is to chocolate cognoscenti what Bordeaux is to wine-lovers. Ivory Coast and Ghana lead the world in the production of bulk cacao – the stuff that goes towards your average Cadbury or Hershey’s bar – but the cacao grown in the strip of fertile plain running from...

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Seeds of a global community

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Seeds of a global community

GABRIELA GALLARDO | OCT 2016 To talk about ALPANI is to talk about effort, community, strong determination, and hope.  As explained in our Yaku Model, ALPANI is a non-profit organisation founded in 2011 with a very ambitious goal: to tackle children’s chronic malnutrition in Peru. In 2013, I got involved with ALPANI as a volunteer and visited its first Nutritional Community Centre called “Pakarina” located in the AAHH Virgen de la Candelaria. In the local context, AAHH means human settlings, referring to the people from the country side who leave everything behind and move to harsh, deserted conditions closer to the...

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First batch of Andean Rose Chocolate in Australia

Santiago Mejia

First batch of Andean Rose Chocolate in Australia

Santi: Our chocolate will finally arrive from Ecuador in late Dec Gabi: Great, but we have also been accepted to volunteer at the Woodford Festival starting on Dec26th...Sometimes life puts you in tight moments like this one. We have been working hard for the last three months in the purchasing and importing process to bring the chocolate from our home country, until we finally heard the magic words "your chocolate will arrive on…". At the very same time, we were also confirmed an invitation to volunteer in one of the biggest festivals in the world, Woodford Folk Festival…Gabi: Should we cancel? Well, in this...

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