More than 200 farmers are our suppliers:
Farmers and their families benefit directly from the initiative since they are currently only able to process the minimum amount of their plantations for their own consumption. Thanks to Palm to Palm they obtain additional income from the surplus of their crops.
We anticipate that as the project consolidates, more farmers will be added to our initiative, so the number of beneficiaries will increase in the long term.
We also carry out field work investigating and studying plantations in the Kono region to detect the areas with the highest surplus.
Due to the impact that our initiative is having, more and more farmers are reporting to participate, so we have created the figure of the P2P agent to better distribute the areas of the Kono region.
The P2P agent, is the person who does the field work with the farmers, must be in charge of coordinating with the farmers the collection of fruit, and it also helps us to have someone on site continuously stimulating the farmers. Each agent receives a document with a series of instructions to follow and which also has a table with the price at which we buy the fruit bunches. Once the farmers have made the harvest, the agent calls us and we go to collect the fruit. We currently have more than 20 agents working in the Kono region.
The agent receives a commission based on the fruit he gets.
During the construction of the factory to transport the materials and to carry out our commercial activity, it is of great importance to us to be able to count on good transporters, who are effective and provide instant service. To find them, we went to the central bus station in Kono to start meeting all the people who had their vans parked and who were practically useless. So we designed a network of carriers that currently works well for us and meets us whenever we need them.
Although we are negotiating with the Kono Ministry of Agriculture, rent a van so that we can reduce transportation costs.
There are a large number of people who indirectly benefit from the initiative. By creating an economy for both P2P workers, farmers and other collaborators, they can dedicate their income to, for example, health programs for their families or education for their children. Thanks to this, we are promoting the local economy and sustainable development.
We estimate that the activity generated by Palm to Palm will end up having a positive direct and indirect impact on a minimum of 800 people.