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Vidanta jurors cited our cultivation of high-value markets for mahogany guitar parts and our management of the whole value chain, from forest to market. Indeed, notwithstanding all of the challenges they face, our Honduran community partners are now concluding their most profitable annual production of high-value parts for the Taylor and Collings guitar companies, among others. At the same time, artisans we trained also logged their largest sale of turned wooden pens, including a matched set of engraved pens presented by Honduran President Hernández to President Obama at their July summit.
Our ability to pull this off in one of the hemisphere’s toughest neighborhoods speaks volumes about the viability of the GreenWood model. As the political and social fabric in Honduras unravels, we will continue to support our partners, while we redouble our efforts to expand within the region, where our unique “green-broker” network can yield great success.
One of the lessons I’ve learned over the last 20 years in Honduras and Peru is that longevity and persistence really do count. What brings an innovative idea to life is keeping at it day after day, year after year. And cultivating strong relationships is at the heart of it all. Little worth celebrating in this world is accomplished alone. I know you share these values, too, as you’ve been with us a long time. We deeply appreciate—and depend on—your continued support.
All best wishes for 2015!