How Creativity Blossoms During Service

Never before in my life have I gotten to work so closely and so often with many artisans, indigenous crafters, seamstresses, and entrepreneurs. My Peace Corps volunteer service encouraged me to work with all sorts of people, but little did I know that my creative left-sided brain would kick-in full speed. I’m very grateful that…

Business Advising & Grants from the United Nations, USAID, USDA, and SENA

Co-written with my wife Alexandra My time in the Peace Corps was spent mostly with a Cacao Association called APOMD (Asociación de Productores Orgánicos del Municipio de Dibulla). I was tied to them through the Cacao for Peace project with USDA/USAID to encourage and accompany APOMD to participate at events and trainings. In this article,…

Cacao Training in San Vicente de Chucurí, Santander

During my Peace Corps service, 3 volunteers were assigned and given the opportunity to train in the field of cacao through the Cacao for Peace project run by US Department of Agriculture and USAID. After the three months of initial Peace Corps training, we were sent off to the beautiful Department of Santander to visit…

My Journey to the Fincas

Co-Written with my wife Alexandra I have the distinct opportunity to work closely with a Cacao Association called the Asociación de Productores Orgánicos del Municipio de Dibulla (APOMD). With them, I’ve been able to visit about 25 fincas (farms) within the municipality. During my 2 years living in Dibulla, La Guajira, I visited at the least…

The Cacao Process in Mingueo, La Guajira

I’ve had the distinct honor of working with APOMD (Asociación de Productores Orgánicos del Municipio de Dibulla), the association I’ve worked closely with during my service here in Mingueo, Colombia. They are an association of roughly 40 farmers with a combined land usage of 250 hectares (~618 acres). Though they are still small producers, they perform…