Guadalupe Intriago Mera, 38, from Canuto, harvests a cacao pod. Guadalupe has been a cacao grower all her life and is currently the president of Chone's Fortaleza Co-Op, one of five smaller associations that feed into Fortaleza del Valle.
Guadalupe, a mother of three, declares: "I want everyone to know and feel the beauty of cacao, its traditions. It is my heritage that I want to pass on to my children, one that has given me a way of life." Fortaleza del Valle: Chone, Manabi, Ecuador.