Sustainability & Transparency
From the start, the Truvía® brand was built upon a foundation of sustainability and transparency. These business drivers have led to the creation of a common bond across the brand, a way of thinking and working that continuously seeks out economic, environmental and social opportunities. Our commitments fall into three areas: sharing in improving communities, stewarding natural resources and sourcing responsibility.
In the communities where Truvía® operates, we have an impact on people and families. We have the ability to make this impact positive by helping to build sustainable communities.
Our work with these communities centers on participating in long-term partnerships and engaging as a team to improve the communities where stevia is harvested.
We also provide support to producers to invest in education, healthcare, farm improvements, and technical assistance to increase yield and quality, thereby increasing income.
On World Food Day 2012, the Truvía® brand joined with the World Food Programme to launch its Sharing a Sweet Future initiative to help reduce childhood hunger in Bolivia. After three years, and nearly $1 million in contributions, the highly successful program provided over 67,000 Bolivian schoolchildren with nutritious, safely-made meals.
Bolivia is a region of critical need, with one of the highest rates of nutritional deficiencies in South America: Nearly 40 percent of the Bolivian population is unable to afford adequate food for a healthy life and 65 percent of all rural households unable to reach the minimum recommended caloric intake. The Truvía® brand launched its “Sharing a Sweet Future” initiative to help improve these communities through better nutrition, safety and education.
Throughout the program, the Truvía® team traveled to Bolivia to learn more about the stories of children and families in the communities served. Watch and share the stories of children, families and farmers and their daily lives in Bolivia.
By the Numbers
In 2013, members from the Truvía® business travelled to Bolivia to meet the schoolchildren the Sharing a Sweet Future initiative is helping feed. The World Food Programme documented their trip in photos seen above.
If you are interested in finding other ways to help people in Bolivia, click here to learn about a U.S.-based NGO called Mano a Mano that provides multiple ways to get involved.
In three years, the Sharing a Sweet Future program improved the lives of over 67,000 Bolivian schoolchildren. From August 2012 to December 2015, the Truvía® brand installed 258 energy efficient stoves, benefitting more than 30,900 students and teachers, supplied 130 metric tons of fortified vegetable oil to cook 2 school meals per day, a distributed micronutrient powder to more than 50,554 children.
“Truvía®'s support came at a time when we didn't have any resources, and were almost going to close this type of program." – Sergio Torres, head of Bolivia operations for the WFP
Why School Meals and Why Bolivia?
The Truvía® business values nutritional well-being and supports practices to safely source and supply food and beverage ingredients globally. In some countries, it’s about providing calories.
The Sharing a Sweet Future initiative focuses resources on a region experiencing nutritional deficiencies among its children—the Chuquisaca district of Bolivia.
Sharing a Sweet Future was a two-part initiative that provided cleaner-burning, energy efficient cookstoves and nutrient-fortified ingredients, to ultimately help Bolivians cook more safely at schools, and bring children the nutrients they need to stay healthy.
One safely prepared, well-balanced school meal a day provides Bolivian children with enhanced nutrition and an incentive for them to regularly attend class. In turn, parents are motivated to send their children to school with the added benefit of saving money that would otherwise be spent on feeding them at home. As a result, school enrollment improves—especially for girls, who traditionally have less opportunity to attend school.
“As [a] parent [I] am very satisfied that the children have a daily breakfast and lunch at the school. The products provided by WFP and the Municipality allow them to have a diversified diet.”
– Adolfo Brito, Father
Construction of LOLA Stoves
The use of traditional cookstoves and open fires in schools and homes is unsafe for the Bolivian people and their environment. These stoves produce high levels of harmful smoke that result in a range of serious illnesses, mostly affecting women and young children.
Construction of new stoves in these rural schools improves the safety and speed of the cooking environment and has a ripple effect, protecting the health of mothers, cooks and children deeper into the community.
Leading to a Sustainable Future
The goal of this initiative was to help establish self-sufficient communities, and we found that the best way to achieve this was by equipping Bolivians with better means to achieve nutrition. The result helped Bolivian communities not only become healthier, but also more economically viable.
Using schools as a portal to reach deeper into communities touches not only schoolchildren, but also parents and members of the community whose activities in some way affect local schools. This is the case for local farmers for whom stable schools mean consistent buyers of their produce. This is not an overnight transformation, but planting the seeds today is the first step toward a sustainable future.