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The Amazon Vanilla Pompona Project

Help the Awajun people grow and harvest this rare native variety of Vanilla.

The Amazon Vanilla Pompona Project

Help the Awajun people grow and harvest this rare native variety of Vanilla.

£33
pledged of £ 80,000pledged of £ 80,000 goal
5
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sun, August 25 2019 3:52 PM UTC +00:00
Last updated August 25, 2019

About


My Story

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

I booked my flight 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.

Me
Me
Orchid Bee Polinating Vanilla
Orchid Bee Polinating Vanilla

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 gathering and harvesting to local commmunties.

Vanilla Pompona can reach 30cm in length
Vanilla Pompona can reach 30cm in length

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

The Project

The Awajun have recently had some serious problems with there cacao crops being rejected by the international market because of Cadmium levels and now have no sustainable source of income.

They continue to live under the poverty line, and many of their challenges have grown worse. With increasing soil degradation and loss of their traditional governance systems, the Awajun people and their intrinsic relationship with the forests are now in danger. 

Awajun women
Awajun women

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

Vanilla Pompona 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. 

There native Vanilla is the perfect sustainable source of income and can save them with the correct training and funding.

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.

                                                                  Processing Plant Plan

Vanilla Processing and Storage Facility
Vanilla Processing and Storage Facility

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.

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


Ash

Risks and challenges

Time is our biggest enemy here, There is less and less wild jungle everyday fortunately we have allready succesfully planted this vanilla outside of its wild habbitat so deforested areas can be replanted.

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 postcard from the Peruvian Amazon

    You will recieve a thankyou postcard sent from the Peruvian Amazon for your support.

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    Vanilla Earings Handmade for you.

    You will recieve a set of hand made Vanilla earings with an incredible aroma made in the local community.

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    A Kilo of Cured Vanilla Pompona beans

    You will recieve A Kilo of cured naturally pollinated Grade A Vanilla Pompona beans

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    Come volounteer with us for a week and get involved in this amazing vanilla project.

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    4 Kilos of Cured Vanilla Pompona Beans

    You will recieve 4 kilos of this rare Vanilla bean, Grade A, Cured.

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