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The Amazon Vanilla Project

Help the Native Awajun people grow and harvest Vanilla.

The Amazon Vanilla Project

Help the Native Awajun people grow and harvest Vanilla.

£266
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5
backers
36days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, November 21 2019 7:38 PM UTC +00:00.

About

My Story

My name is Ashley and i have been living in the Peruvian Amazon for almost 12 years.

I booked my first flight to Peru at the age 17 and came here because of an interest in Shamanism and plant medicine.

My Peruvian wife and I have started Growing a local strain of Vanilla  we discovered in the area known as the specie Vanilla Pompona or "West  Indian Vanilla", This variety of Vanilla is native to the surrounding  area and is still naturally pollinated by orchid bees.

We have also discovered some othe wild varieties of vanilla including Tahitensis that we plan on growing in Vitro in order to provide locals with seedlings.

Me
Orchid Bee loving the Vanilla flower

We have independently started mastering the curing of beans as well as making small batches of Vanilla extract and now have a big project in mind involving the training of growing and harvesting to local communities.

Cured Wild Vanilla Beans

Vanilla is found in Awajun tribal territory although it seems they have no commercialization of this amazing plant.

Awajun Women

We need funds to help Kick start the Amazon Vanilla Project.

We want to offer training to the locals in our community so that they  can effectively grow and harvest this forgot orchid as well as build a  central facilty to effectively process and cure the beans for export and the construction of greenhouses.

Vanilla  is Native to the area we live in but it is now  under-threat due to illegal wood loggers and the expansion of rice  fields that slowly destroy the swamp lands.

Native Vanilla is the perfect sustainable source of income and can provide the locals with a good steady income unlike wood or cheap coffee.

We want to offer training to the locals in our community so that they  can effectively grow and harvest this forgot orchid as well as build a  central facilty to effectively process and cure the beans for export.

Growing the Vanilla in a protected and safe environment is priority  and we need funding for the construction of greenhouses, drying, curing  and storage facility for the Vanilla beans as well as stainless steel  maceration tanks.

Main facility for vanilla products

During the Raining season we will need the use of a dehydrator as  mould and hummidity is an issue in an uncontrolled environment.

We also need stainless steel tanks for the maceration of vanilla extract so that we can have a quality product for export.


Some the products we made.

This is an incredible wild and native variety of Vanilla and  we are fortunate enough to still have the natural orchid bee pollinators  in the area that keep this variety alive.

We are confident that this speciality crop will be of major  benefit and will have a good impact on the income and quality of life of  the Awajun.

Please help us fund this project

Risks and challenges

We need to effectively teach and train the locals in sustainable growing and harvesting methods as well as build an effective processing facility.

There will be a few hoops we have to jump through like sanitary inspection and FDA approval to be able to export out beans and sell on the international market and this can be done as soon as our facility meets requirements.

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    A Kilo of Cured Vanilla Pompona beans

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    Come volounteer with us for a week in the Peruvian Jungle and get involved in this once in a lifetime vanilla experience.
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