Victoria Ribera & Lisa


Victoria had come to the plant to sell a bit of quinoa, as all cooperants do when they wish to raise some cash. Once the quinoa has been weighed and accounted for, they get paid in cash at slightly better than market rates. The cooperative then processes the quinoa so it is ready to be eaten, and the profits that the cooperative makes on this part of the business are either re-invested into machinery or distributed back to the farmers. A vote is held at the AGM to decide what is to be done with the surplus. Here you can see them with sieves that the cooperative has bought and is distributing to every cooperant. The idea is that when the quinoa is harvested and threshed, there is a certain pre selection by each producer to take out stones etc, so that the quality of the quinoa that arrives at the plant is better.