True peace involves the opportunity for everyone to have life abundant and earn a dignified living. Working with the community, MCC’s partner FAGROTES (Fundación Agropecuaria Tejiendo Esperanza, Weaving Hope Agricultural Foundation) first opened a rice processing plant and committed to purchasing farmers’ harvests. Then, they expanded into training the farmers how to grow cacao, the plant used to make chocolate.
Thanks to the Mennonite Brethren’s decades-long reputation of peace and a firm commitment to not affiliate with any of the armed groups in the region, our partner was also able to safely open and operate a chocolate processing plant in the community.
Now the farmers can turn their cacao harvests into a finished product. The chocolate bars are then sold in the community, allowing farmers to safely earn an income while also helping the local economy.
That’s the power of peace in action.
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