Michael Butler.

Comunidad Rukullacta - Archidona, Napo, Ecuador

Project Description

Robert S. Goodfriend Summer Internship Fund Recipient

“I can now see myself getting a masters in environmental management, and pursuing a career around common pool resource management and grassroots organizing. Given how much I learned and accomplished, I can’t think of a better way I could have spend summer.”

For the first 7 weeks of the summer, I split my time developing a marketable tea product, flavored by cacao shells and analyzing logging data that would later be used in a forest management plan in Puni Katona, a Kichwa community Runa works with. Cacao shells are normally discarded as compost material in Ecuador, so the product we developed would add value to cacao beans, ultimately benefiting the cacao farmers. By the time my 7 weeks working on the cacao tea were done, our team of interns had found a couple potential buyers, drafted a business plan with a local market analysis, and outlined a path forward for future interns. More generally, the data I analyzed would be used to write a management plan which would help the community manage their logging activity in a more sustainable and equitable manner.

Project Details

  • Date September 22, 2015
  • Tags 2015, Goodfriend, South America

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