Adapting to change
Confronted by the new reality and an unplanned change in our lives we worked hard to adapt. The first thing was to face Maria’s health situation, which we were able to resolve positively. Then we turned our attention to our economic situation because there was no longer a stable income in our home. It was then that we embarked on a new life project and became farmers. At first we did not know what our best farming options were, but little by little we explored possibilities. In our search for the best crop to grow on our farm we applied two fundamental principles for our agricultural project. We needed a crop that is adapted to the climate of Puerto Rico and that product had to have the potential to be exported. In this search, we identified Cacao as the crop that met both requirements. But what cacao should we produce? We began to study the international cacao market and found that there is a classification for a specialty cacao known as Fine and Flavor Cacao. Since Puerto Rico is a small island with limited farmland, we understood that there was a great opportunity if we produced a specialty cacao.
Our Island-wide initiative “Proyecto Pais”