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Kallari Charity Profile
The Kallari Association is a self-governed coalition of Amazon artists and organic cocoa producers. Our cooperative began in 1997 with less than fifty families and has now grown to over 800 families.
Kallari has created sustainable income so Kichwa people can fulfill our basic family needs without logging our rainforests or selling our land. Our export of handcrafts has inspired the Kichwa youth to learn and practice traditional harvesting, dying, weaving and carving techniques.
Just ten years ago, middlemen kept profits for themselves and set low prices for cocoa beans. Today Kallari communities sell as a single unit, our leaders travel to Europe and North America to negotiate prices for our harvest. We have recently taken empowerment a step further: Kallari produces and sells gourmet organic fairly traded dark chocolate bars.
Kallari Volunteer Information
What kind of volunteers do we need to attract to continue work on the marketing project? How do we target these volunteers? How do we advertise for the volunteers?
Need for a volunteer project coordinator in Ecuador – best for a longer term volunteer (6 months or more)
Volunteers do not need to be located in Ecuador. This is especially true for projects that require local market research (U.S., EU, Japan)
Requires a volunteer coordinator in Ecuador (maybe 1 in Quito, 1 in Tena) to manage project work and provide key information (background) for projects
Career management offices
Other avenues to recruit volunteers for Ecuador
Use different avenues for different needs i.e. advertise with design school for design skills
Build another page that lists specific positions and include specific responsibilities, skills, and requirements
Create a database to track current and past volunteers. Send regular e-newsletter and project updates to maintain relationships.