Above: Juana Payaba Cachique.
An Inspiring Community's Next Act
Located in the Peruvian Amazon, the Tres Islas community is home to the Shipibo and Ese’eja people. And this is where one of the Amazon’s most inspiring conservation stories took place, when the community’s former president, Juana Payaba Cachique, led a crusade against an illegal mining incursion that was destroying the environment and unraveling the fabric of Tres Islas.
Having fought for their sustainable vision for their native land, the Shipibo and Ese’eja are hoping to create responsible enterprises that will allow the region to prosper without mining and the environmental degradation it causes. Tres Islas's big priority now is expanding their harvesting of the Brazil nut through wild collection—a far more sustainable model than plantation farming.
Neftali Amador Valles Villar—a community member and castañero, or Brazil nut farmer—says Tres Islas’s children need improved education opportunities and greater access to healthcare. By getting their Brazil nut business off the ground, you can help provide those benefits for future generations in Tres Islas.
Getting a Boost from Brazil Nuts
The nearly 100 families that make up the Tres Islas community need outside support to buy necessary equipment for their Brazil nut collection center. This facility will protect the nuts from rain and humidity, which can lead to rot and fungus; and the equipment will allow Tres Islas workers to process the nuts, which involves a complicated, precise procedure of steaming, cooling and drying. By supporting this initiative, you can help get the community one step closer to producing ready-to-market Brazil nut products of their own.
It’s estimated that this project will increase the income of families in Tres Islas by 20 percent—a significant boost for the Shipibo and Ese’eja people and a community where people like Neftali are eager to find new livelihood opportunities for their families. The work will also create 22 new jobs, 19 of which will be for women.
Above: sustainable Brazil nut operations protect habitat for species like the Agouti.
About This Project
This project is part of the Initiative for Conservation in the Andean Amazon (ICAA)—a USAID-supported program that is bolstering environmental protection efforts in the Andean region.
As part of its emphasis on sustainable livelihoods, the Rainforest Alliance is working through ICAA to administer a small grants program supporting hand-picked projects in the Peruvian Amazon that have proposed green ways to create income in their communities. All of these projects are committed to having a positive impact on the forest ecosystems on which they depend, and the Rainforest Alliance will work with the Tres Islas community to ensure that the grant funds sustainable livelihoods.
By supporting the people of Tres Islas, you make a community on the front lines of Amazonian conservation stronger. Help them to secure their sustainable future and ensure the Amazon's continued survival.
Above: Brazil nuts in shells.