Our Impact

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Farm and Forest

  1. Number of hectares under sustainable management plans: 50,573 (125,000 acres)

  2. Number of hectares certified organic: 1,128 (2,787 acres)

  3. Number of hectares reforested: 20 (50 acres)  

Community Enterprise

  1. Total invested in fair trade social premium fund (2012-2017): $161,938

  2. Total invested in community projects (2012-2017): $624,786

  3. Total number of communities we work with: 237

Market Development

  1. Additional income to farmers (2012-2017): $1,550,000

  2. Number of families supported: 2,329

*Our impact monitoring system is currently undergoing re-design. Please see our ventures pages for some early examples of metrics we will be monitoring.

 

 
Our Impact Improved Livelihoods for Local Families Income to Farmers(2012-2017)_ $1,120,840 Number of families supported_ 2,329 Average income from a Guayusa sale_ $362 Community Development and Social Investments To (2).png

Five Year Vision

Over the next five years, Aliados aims to:

  1. Create 10 businesses based on biodiversity that generate sustainable profit and $3 million in new income for indigenous communities.

  2. Strengthen the management and conservation of 500,000 hectares of tropical ecosystems—an area roughly the size of Delaware.

  3. Support 20 local entrepreneurs as they become change agents— local leaders with clear vision who transform the community for the better.

  4. Increase women’s participation and leadership by 25 percent.

Farmer Stories

 
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Ruth Grefa

Ruth Grefa is a guayusa farmer and leader in the rural community of San José in Napo Province, Ecuador. Ruth has a half-hectare farm where she has guayusa and cocoa trees, along with a variety of fruit and timber trees. The cocoa trees are getting older and production has declined; thankfully, guayusa yield has risen each year. Since 2009, when she sold her first guayusa and made $7, Ruth has established over 800 guayusa trees in agroforestry systems. In 2016, Ruth made $1,080 from organic fair trade guayusa sales, investing the earnings in opening a small store, and the purchase of a new plot of land for her family.

 
 

 
 

Ricardo Huatatoca

Ricardo is a guayusa farmer in the Kichwa community of 24 de Mayo, and president of the region’s guayusa growers group. Ricardo successfully led his growers to become the first of Runa’s Fair Trade certified cooperatives, and they invested $2,677.93 from the social premium fund in development projects for their community. Thanks to these successes, the community of 24 de Mayo was selected to build the world’s first 100% Kichwa-owned and operated guayusa processing facility - Ally Guayusa. The community enterprise purchases organic guayusa directly from its farmers, processes it in the community and with Aliados’ support, markets dry-leaf guayusa internationally.

 
 
Our Impact Improved Livelihoods for Local Families Income to Farmers(2012-2017)_ $1,120,840 Number of families supported_ 2,329 Average income from a Guayusa sale_ $362 Community Development and Social Investments To (1).png

Annual Reports

In 2018 Runa Foundation and Plan Junto merged to form Aliados. Here are the previous annual reports from Runa Foundation:


2017 (Versión Español)


2017


2016


2015


Aliados looks to answer one key question:

How can we balance the needs of local communities with the needs of the ecosystems they inhabit?


Learn more about the geographic region that we work in, here.

*Note: Runa Foundation and PlanJunto recently merged to form Aliados. Aliados has continued Runa Foundation’s work in the communities specified in the linked map. We will be updating this map over the coming months to incorporate new communities and ventures.

Our Impact Improved Livelihoods for Local Families Income to Farmers(2012-2017)_ $1,120,840 Number of families supported_ 2,329 Average income from a Guayusa sale_ $362 Community Development and Social Investments To (2).png