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Patricia Cuevas

Socomal

Patricia Cuevas Patricia Cuevas

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1,500+ farmers impacted
“I saw an opportunity to export a popular snack food, while growing the fortunes of local farmers.”
Country
Chile
Industry
Industrials
Employees
40 direct, 1500 indirect
Year selected
2010
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In Patagonia’s remote district of Araucanía, Patricia is growing the fortunes of 1,500 local farmers. Her company, Socomal, has made lupin — a rotation crop historically grown for little or no profit — into a lucrative and dependable source of revenue. Patricia has led Socomal to become the world’s leading exporter of bitter lupin, a niche product popular as snack food in the Middle East and Mediterranean regions. By implementing a vertically integrated model whereby Socomal buys from local farmers and sells directly to clients, Patricia has set up commercial chains that could serve as a platform for product diversification. With impressive growth, Socomal and Patricia are having a profound impact on the agricultural landscape, one of Chile’s most important sectors.

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