Norandino operates in several departments across Peru. It assists its members, small-scale agricultural producers, in all stages of the production process. By way of example, for the earlier stages it offers loans in kind, (fertilizer for instance).
For the harvest stage, it offers loans as advances to enable the farmers to carry out harvesting activities. It has a large processing facility in Piura, which it uses to process its members' coffee, but which it also offers to many other organizations for their use.
Very importantly, it assists its members with marketing, helping them with various certification schemes, so that they can access the organic, fair trade, specialty and sustainable international markets.
It also offers training, and has held an 'alternative tourism' project in the small town of Montero as a means of responsible tourism, with producers and other local people acting as guides. This model of tourism supports social projects, such as women's weaving associations, and ecological projects such as reforestation
Noradino has around 7.000 members of which more than 1500 produce cacao. The new chocolate plant will produce 1500 MT of chocolate and licor and this will benfit the producers of Piura, Tumbes, Cajamarca, Amazonas y San Martin.
We have started construction of the factory as of now (2016)
The investment looks as follows:
Equal Exchange: 50,000
Fundación Doen: 225,000 (through Chocolatemakers NL)
PSI de Holanda: 425,000
Rabobank: 1’000,000 (crédito)
Cooperativa Norandino: 1’750,000
Inversión Total: 3`500,000 Euros
News from 2019: The factory has been constructed and the equipment is being installed and tested. We expect the first chocolate batches to be produced in April 2019. The project is going to be larger. Production will go from 200MT to 1.000 MT per annum (year 5).