12 oz valve bag
Producer: Manuel Patilla Curasco
Farm: Finca Chaquimayo
Elevation: 1,800 masl
Red Apple, Oolong Tea, Floral
Nestled in the Yanatile Valley in the Department of Cusco in the south of Peru, Valle Inca functions as a producer group. Where Prudencio Vargas Saenz who created and runs the group, buys parchment from farmers and reinvests the premiums earned for quality back into the community’s infrastructure to help them continue to improve quality. Prudencio, who lives in nearby Calca brings the benefits of his previous experience as an agricultural loan officer, and used to operate outside of the protection of a collective. After years of running Valle Inca informally, he formalized the organization in 2020 to gain organic certification, Fair Trade certification, and the ability to export on their own. Member-wise, Valle Inca is growing fast! With more than 100 farmers currently as members, it’s no surprise that more and more farmers in the Yanatile Valley want to work with Valle Inca. In the community, Prudencio is known for his honesty, his trustworthiness, his dedication and his drive to invest and reinvest in his community. The farmers feel like Prudencio is genuinely engaging their goals and concerns. He also pays higher prices than Valle Inca’s farmers had access to prior to their founding. This fact has helped to improve quality as well as overall community health over time.