This marks our first week in Tarapoto and yet we are already making plans to visit coffee producing areas throughout the San Martin region. We did manage to squeeze in some time to tour the town though, which included a stop at one of the chocolate boutiques that last year’s group of Emerging Enterprise Program volunteers worked with. Needless to say the pace of life is dramatically slower compared to Lima, to the point where it seems like there are more hours included in a normal Tarapoto day (in a good way)! We are also preparing to make our first round of field visits with farmers and cooperative organizations. Our goal will be to understand their unique set of challenges within the context of the institutional framework we built out over the first month. Let the real investigative work begin!

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Marissa Garcia

Associate, CF – Institutional, Latin America New York, New York

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