PARWAN RAISIN PRODUCER COOPERATIVE(Fair Trade raisin)
“We want to find many more foreign markets - this is our hope,” Mr. Hamidullah said, proudly showing visitors row upon row of his ripening grapes a few minutes after urging his Mercy Corps trainers to extend the program past its current end date of May 2011.
“When we get such good benefits from our products, we can improve our whole lives: our homes, our machinery, our education.” Farmer Mr. Hamidullah.
Tropical Wholefoods has been working with Afghan raisin producers since 2006. Their aim is to enable grape farmers to export their high quality raisins and access valuable markets in Europe. They are partnering with Mercy Corps, an international non-governmental organisation working in Afghanistan since 1986, and the Parwan Raisin Producer Cooperative, a grape farmers cooperative in the Shomali Plain, Parwan province.