Peruvian woman creates eco-friendly Brazil nut treats

An October 2009 newsletter from USAID features Sara Hurtado, a Brazil nut harvester in the Madre de Dios region of Peru, who has turned her three-month-per-year brazil nut harvesting job into a year-round sustainable enterprise. Sara has been working in conjunction with the Amazon Conservation Association’s Brazil nut program which has helped nearly 500 local families acquire Brazil nutconcessions and organic or FSC certifications since 1997, including Sara’s. By establishing a line of Brazil nut candies and desserts Sara is now able to sell her value added products throughout the year and earn a sustainable livelihood to support her family.

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