Rich in culture, cuisine, history and natural abundance
With just under 7 million inhabitants, Paraguay is one of the smallest countries in South America. Sandwiched in between Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia, it is the only landlocked country in South America. Though small and very poor, it is rich in culture, cuisine, history and natural abundance.
The native Guarani language is more widely spoken in Paraguay than is Spanish, making it completely unique in this regard to South America. Many of the country’s iconic natural and man-made features are named with Guarani names, such as the Itaipú Dam (second largest in the world) and Iguacu Falls.
In order to compete with its larger more industrialized neighbors, Paraguay has carved out an impressive niche for itself in the organic realm. Our mill was the first organic sugar mill in the world and Paraguay is the largest exporter of organic sugar in the world. It is also one of the largest exporters of organic soy and other crops.
After the country overthrew the dictator in 1989 that had ruled the country for nearly ½ a century, Paraguay has blossomed into one of the fastest-growing and most stable economies in South America.
Part of this growth has been the adoption of Fair Trade principles that have not ensured that not only the business owners benefit from this growth, but that the growers and other workers also realize increased benefits and are not marginalized in the process.