Here in Pichanaqui in the Chanchamayo province of Peru, we grow our ginger and curcuma at an altitude of around 1000 meters. This region is absolutely beautiful and is covered by lush green rainforests. My grandfather was an orange and coffee farmer in this area and my father followed his example and also grew oranges. I particularly remember the long journeys (of more than 12 hours) through the forest, over the Andes to the market in Lima.
I was lucky enough to be the first one in my family to have the opportunity to go to university, in Lima. All his life my father had worked hard to give me the chance he never had, and therefore I felt a great deal of responsibility to be successful. During my studies I learned all about export and logistics and this gave me the confidence to start exporting ginger, curcuma and other fruits. At the time I was one of the first and I can tell you things were not easy in those first years as we faced a lot of logistical challenges. Although things have not always been easy, I have been able to learn from things that went wrong. Today, I am proud that Nativa is one of the best suppliers of organic ginger in Peru and we would never have achieved this if the road had been smooth and easy !