Villa Andina (VA) is a Peruvian company that buys agricultural products from small-scale farmers, dehydrates the produce in its processing plant, and sells in local and export markets. VA works with families of small scale farmers in the Cajamarca region of Peru, providing technical assistance in organic and sustainable crop management. The company’s main products are quinoa, maca, dehydrated aguaymanto, and mango.
In 2011, GBF committed a loan to Villa Andina to help the company scale and strengthen operations through the acquisition of land, expansion of a new bigger plant, and working capital. Due to its success, GBF has committed follow on investments with Villa Andina in 2014 and 2016.
GBF BAS & VILLA ANDINA:
GBF has focused its support on developing Villa Andina’s financial management systems, improving operations, and implementing strategic planning. With support from GBF, Villa Andina has distinguished their products with certifications like fair trade and organic.
Financial Management: Cash flow management and budget projections Strategy: Support in the optimization of management dashboards and in strategic decision making Legal & Regulatory: Compliance with labor and environmental Peruvian regulations Environmental & Social (E&S): Plant water disposed of according to law
By sourcing agricultural products from small-scale farmers, Villa Andina connects families to more lucrative markets and trains producers to grow higher value goods. As of March 15, 2015:
- Villa Andina directly impacts 2,470 beneficiaries—2,200 farmers and 200 additional workers
- An estimated 8,000 family members in low-income households in the Cajamarca region of northern Peru benefit from Villa Andina
- Farmers and workers earn over $4.6M of income annually through Villa Andina
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