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Why not sell Andean Dried Fruit in your Young Co-operative?

Andean Dried Fruit

A new dried fruit product could offer a way for students in the UK to make a difference to families in Colombia, and support peace and sustainable development, by selling and marketing Andean Dried Fruit packets through their Young Co-operatives.

Fruto del Espiritu is a social enterprise (non-dividend company) which imports exotic fruit products in order to buy from smallholder farmers, particularly those affected by the conflict in Colombia, and to generate income for displaced people rebuilding their lives.

The 30g packs of Andean Dried Fruit (each is one of 5-a-Day and under 100 calories) were specifically designed with schools in mind. The six mixes are made up of mango, pineapple and soft, juicy banana; uchuva, which tastes like a strong sultana when dried and pitaya, which tastes like a biscuit when dried. Each pack is 100% fruit: no additives or preservatives! The packs contribute towards:

  • Biodiversity: the Uchuva is a superfruit, sourced from a remote conflict area and is considered by that region’s Gobernacion (County Council) as a flagship example of a legal, healthy profitable product of their region. The Uchuva is in the process of Fairtrade certification. (This batch is actually organic, although not labelled as such.)
  • Restoration: the dried fruit factory was set up to generate employment for women who have been displaced by the armed conflict, which is largely financed by drugs. The smile on the pack is photoshopped (to protect identity) from photos of the displaced families who are rebuilding their lives working on this product. This smile represents the hope of the children, who face a better future thanks to your custom generating employment for more displaced mothers. The 60 smiles in a case of 60 packs is a token of hope for the 2.5million Colombian children displaced by the conflict.
  • Multiplication: this product is in the UK today due to financial backing not by banks but by organisations, families and individuals moved to see a practical response to the needs of displaced people, given that the conflict is largely financed by recreational drug use in societies such as ours. Fruto del Espiritu’s vision is to develop this product to a massive scale, and offer an ever increasing market of solidary custom for the landless rural Colombians who may be receiving large areas of land recovered from the illegal groups through land reform through historic peace process hoping to end 50 years of war (for more information see www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-latin-america-22677458).

For the story behind the dried fruit, and a link to a video about the Uchuva farmers and Fruit Factory, Fruandes, visit www.fruto.co.uk/About-Us/Now-Piloting-Andean-Dried-Fruit.

To find out how to purchase the packs visit www.fruto.co.uk/Purchase/5-A-DAY-Andean-Dried-Fruit.