Reducing poverty and protecting the environment around the Bolivian Salt Flats. We provide only premium, organic, sustainable, and fairly traded quinoa products. We acquire all of our Royal Quinoa® products from Andean Naturals, who are also committed to offering healthy, premium-quality products and transferring more of the market value to small producers.
We are committed to reducing poverty and protecting the environment. By choosing La Yapa products, you are helping provide a sustainable income for small family farmers in the Andes while protecting traditional agricultural techniques and biodiversity. We believe in establishing long term relationships with our clients based on trust, transparency, results, and accountability. La Yapa, with the help of our partner Andean Naturals, will be able to provide you with the highest quality products.
An artist and former teacher, Tania is the daughter of a Bolivian who dedicated his life to grains and to improving the lives of his fellow Bolivians. After leaving her country at the age of 13, Tania promised herself to return one day and carry on her father’s work for the betterment of her country and its people. She founded La Yapa™ to merge her father’s passions with her love and dedication to health and education.
Tania is dedicated to bringing greater awareness of the benefits of quinoa to the people of the United States. At the same time, as a former teacher, Tania is very much aware of the importance of education in improving the lives of children. She is a strong believer in making sure all children have access to education, and is committed to making this a reality for the children of quinoa farmers. Through La Yapa, Tania seeks to combine both passions, thereby improving both the health of the people in the U.S. and the lives of quinoa farmers and their children.
Using her training as an interior designer and artist, Tania also hopes to promote Bolivia, its beautiful culture, and one of its greatest treasures, Royal Quinoa®, in the U.S. market.
Sergio “La Yapa Advisor”
A French-Bolivian entrepreneur, Sergio’s goal is to promote the market development of environmentally-friendly enterprises in the Andes. Sergio has worked with small businesses in Latin America for over ten years. During this time, he established his own company, ran a family business and structured investments on behalf of a U.S.-based venture capital fund. Sergio has a B.S. in Political Economy of Natural Resources from the University of California at Berkeley. He is fluent in Spanish, French and English.
Today Sergio is the General Manager of Andean Naturals. The company supplies Royal Quinoa® and quinoa-based ingredients to food manufacturers and wholesalers. Andean Naturals defines itself as a bridge between the quinoa farmers in Bolivia and the U.S. market. To date, the company has provided market access to over 1,000 small family farms.
Following the official release of fair trade guidelines for quinoa by Transfair USA in 2009, Andean Naturals formed a partnership with quinoa farmers and La Yapa. The partnership's goal is to bring to U.S. consumers a Fair Trade Certified™ line of products under the La Yapa brand.
The partnership's long-term mission is to improve the lives of quinoa farmers and the education of their children. It will accomplish this mission by promoting the sustainable production of quinoa, using organic methods and heirloom seeds, just as the farmers in the region have done for the past 4,000 years.
Was born in La Paz, Bolivia, and brings his extreme passion for quinoa, the superfood of his country, to La Yapa as its Finance and Sales Advisor and Marko holds a B.A. in Hospitality Management from Florida State University.
He has over 15 years’ experience operating and managing numerous multi-million-dollar establishments in the food industry, as well as extensive experience in Internet retail operations.
Jason provides pro bono legal and environmental management consulting services to La Yapa as needed. Jason is a practicing attorney who holds a Juris Doctor from Pace Law School and a Masters of Environmental Management from the Yale School of Forestry.
He has been with La Yapa since its founding and is deeply committed to helping the company sustain long-term growth.