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SEM Foundation spreads its wings to Peru

The SEM Foundation announced to support a 2nd initiative in collaboration with the Rabobank Foundation. The SEM Foundation will provide €75.000 working capital to the Asociación de Productores Kemito Ene (Kemito), which is a cooperation in the Peruvian Amazone, active along the Ene river (East of the Andes).

Currently the organization has 290 members. Kermito produces high quality cacao and expects to export 120MT this year (vs. 90 ton last year) thanks to the support of the SEM Foundation.

Kemito buys all the cacao ‘wet’ (in baba) from its members, after which they process to dried cacao beans in their 15 collection centres. This means that the members of the cooperation don’t need to invest in expensive processing equipment. Even more important, this gives  Kemito the opportunity to closely monitor the processing of the cocoa beans and ensure the quality of the processed cacao.

Kemito has the support of a loyal buyer who is closely involved with the organization and pays a fair price for the cocoa (3 times higher than the price that they get when selling locally).

Besides the financial support Kemito also works together with Progreso (provider of technical assistance) to increase their productivity and expand their network of potential buyers.

Due to this initiative more cocoa boans can be bought from the farmers at a fair price, which results in a higher quality of life for the farmers and their communities.

For more information on Kermito, please visit: www.kemitoene.com

 

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2nd edition of SEM Foundation Charity Golf Tournament big success!

On Friday 14th of June the 2nd edition of the SEM Foundation Golf Tournament was organized at De Turfvaert in Rijsbergen. It was once again a successful and joyful day where all 32 golfers played in teams according to the Texas Scramble principle. The weather was great and we have been able to enjoy the sun during the entire day! After 18 holes we ended the day with a drink and barbecue and the prices were awarded to the winners.

During this day we have raised an impressive amount of more than €8.500, which will be used to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and their communities. We would like to thank all sponsors and participants for their contribution to this special day. We hope to see you all back again next year!

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Scoring for the SEM Foundation!

On Friday 8th of June the SEM Foundation Golf Tournament was organized at De Turfvaert in Rijsbergen. In total 39 golfers participated, who all played in teams according to the Texas Scramble principle. It was a perfect day for playing 18 holes and at the end day the sun even showed up. During this day we have raised an impressive amount of more than €5000, which will be used to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and their communities. Once again, we would like to thank all sponsors and participants for contributing to this special day. We hope to see you all back again next year!

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In action for SEM Foundation!

On Sunday 8th of April, employees of Ickx, Dragee, Rosenberg and Pralibel have supported the SEM Foundation by running the marathon of Rotterdam. During this day, 23 runners ran the marathon in different teams. It was a fantastic day with lots of sunshine! During this day €9.500 was raised for the SEM Foundation. With this donation, new initiatives can be supported to improve the livelihoods of cocoa farmers and their communities.

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The next event is also planned and will take place on Friday 8th of June 2018. On this day, a Charity Golf Tournament will be organized for the SEM Foundation. If you would like to participate or contribute in any way, please send an email to info@semfoundation.org.

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SEM Foundation supports cocoa farmers in Indonesia

The SEM foundation has announced to support a first initiative since the establishment end of 2016. In cooperation with the Rabobank Foundation, the SEM Foundation will provide working capital to the Koperasi Kerta Semaya Samaniya (KSS) cooperative in Indonesia.
Koperasi Kerta Semaya Samaniya is located in the province of Jembrana in West Bali. There are many agriculture activities on the island such as rice, horticulture, coffee and cocoa. Even though Bali is known as a paradise island, there is still a lot of poverty, especially among small farmers. On Bali, 10 746 hectares is cultivated by cocoa farmers. The infrastructure in this area is well developed enabling easy accessibility to the markets.
KSS was founded in 2006 with support from the local government. In 2010 they received the UTZ label. With this certification KSS has been able to develop its own internal control system and has gained access to the international market for sustainable cocoa. KSS works with 26 farmer groups existing of a total of 466 members (end of 2016). In order to become stronger and further grow as a cooperative KSS participated in the Progreso program.
KSS is facing challenges to buy cocoa beans from the members due to a lack of working capital. The loan that will be facilitated by the SEM Foundation in collaboration with the Rabobank Foundation, will be used to buy cocoa beans from farmers. Due to a lack of financial resources in the past, KSS could not meet the demand of buyers so far. In 2015 KSS could only buy 50 tons while there was 200 tons of cocoa available at the farmers. Due to the previous loan, the cooperative could purchase an additional 37.5 tons of cocoa beans from the farmers. After processing and selling the cocoa beans, the loan was redeemed on time and without any problems.
Due to this new loan in quarter two of 2017 even more cocoa boans an be bought from the farmers at a fair price, which results in a higher quality of life for the farmers and their communities.