Recently, doTERRA gathered a group of employees and Wellness Advocates to travel to Guatemala. While there, they were able to learn more about how our growers in the area harvest Cardamom for our Cardamom essential oil, and participate in various service projects hosted by doTERRA’s Healing Hands Foundation™.
Guatemala was chosen as the Co-Impact Sourcing location for doTERRA’s Cardamom essential oil because the environment in Alta Verapaz is particularly conducive to the cardamom plant. The hot, humid, rainy weather, paired with the nutrient-rich clay soil, produces the perfect balance of the therapeutic chemical components targeted in doTERRA’s CPTG® Cardamom essential oil.
Only one percent of the world’s cardamom plants are distilled for essential oil, while the balance is harvested and sold into the global spice market. Guatemala is the world’s largest exporter of cardamom for the spice market. The production market for cardamom, however, has historically been rather unstable in Alta Verapaz. Because this area is so remote and transportation so difficult, small farmers are often left with few options and are typically forced to sell their cardamom to middlemen at lower prices. The middlemen then resell the cardamom at higher prices. This exchange leaves the farmers in a tight economic spot as they try to produce quality cardamom and make a profit on their crops.
By partnering with doTERRA in a Co-Impact Sourcing program, cardamom growers in Guatemala receive several benefits through working together within cooperatives. First, small farmers are able to earn predictable, stable incomes for their families, as well as participate in the collective benefits provided by the cooperatives, including resources and technical assistance for improved methods of growing their cardamom plants. Such collective benefits often enable members to obtain better pricing on agricultural inputs, better access to financial instruments, and access to collectively owned drying facilities that result in the harvesters receiving fair pricing for their cardamom production. Additionally, doTERRA contributes a portion of the purchase of every kilogram of cardamom directly to the harvesting communities to build schools, hospitals, and other community-benefitting projects for improved livelihoods.
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