Run by a woman, the new portfolio company of Incubadora da Floresta, Associação dos Agropecuários de Beruri (ASSOAB) has been generating steady income for small nut collectors in Beruri, Amazonas since 1996.
In celebration of International Women's Day, we're sharing Sandra's story and her message of empowerment for women around the world.
Sandra Amud became president of ASSOAB three years after joining the association. Today, the Association acquires raw nuts from more than 350 harvesting families from the Itixi Mitari indigenous land and from the Piagaçu-Purus Sustainable Development Reserve (RDS) and offers formal employment to 65 people, 40% of whom are women.
“I have a wonderful team that helps me a lot with projects, fieldwork. Today, when I see women say that they want to be presidents of associations and leaders, that I am an example for them, I am very happy to know that I, as a woman, am encouraging others to also have the courage to face the problems out there”, shared Sandra
When she joined ASSOAB, she worked with a group of 21 women who produced chestnut sweets, supporting them to increase their production capacity and sell their delicacies at small events. Sandra's strategic guidance helped these women generate income to support their families and children.
“I am very proud when I look back and see my history and how I started. I remember how the women of ASSOAB supported my work; they believed we could grow and they gave me this opportunity to make this venture evolve. And today I can count on the support of all the associates”, he added.
Sandra highlighted that she seeks to improve gender equality in the organization and empower more women Brazil nut collectors to take control of their own financial future.
“The message I would like to share with other women is to be bold and courageous, and that we are all capable of achieving what we want. Be bold, face difficulties and don't bow your head to prejudice. As women, we take care of our children, we are wives, we are daughters. If we can run our family, why can't we run a business, a community association?”
As part of the Forest Incubator, NESsT will support ASSOAB to achieve its gender equality goals, strengthen its position as a leading nut producer and enhance its conservation efforts that protect nearly 1.2 million hectares of native forests.
Learn more here: https://www.nesst.org/assoab