Candela Peru (which means "Alternative Trade of Non Traditional Products for the Development of Latin America") works with 266 nut harvesters to harvest the Brazil nut in a socially and environmentally-responsible manner. Besides creating steady work for rural families, Candela Peru empowers small producers to design and implement social, environment and economic development projects and helps them streamline their production chains and increase their production capacity. Candela Peru works in Madre de Dios, Peru, a mountainous area of pristine forests that's also one of the poorest regions of the Peruvian Amazon. The most lucrative industry in the area is the collection, processing and export of the Amazon (Brazil) nut into oils and candles for export. Unfortunately, few producers are informed or rewarded for extracting this oil in a sustainable manner and the rate of rainforest destruction in this region is almost as high as its poverty levels. The organization developed an Organic Certification program in 2001 to include Peruvian Brazil Nut in the growing organic market, and in addition to hosting classes in forest management, the company works with producers to obtain their organic certification. This brings direct economic benefit to the producers and motives them to manage their natural resources responsibly. The Brazil nut harvesters' livelihood depends on responsible forest management, and this collaboration improves farmers' living standards and promotes forest conservation of this biologically diverse area.