Our Community Trade organic aloe vera comes from the ‘Tierra del Calor’, or ‘Land of Heat’, in central Guatemala. We work with The Guastatoya Farmers, who cultivate aloe plants on 115 hectares of organically-certified land. They supply The Body Shop with 100% organic, preservative-free concentrated aloe vera gel for our products. Within 6 hours of harvest, our aloe leaves have been packed up and sent to the processing plant, so that the precious aloe gel can extracted while the leaves are still fresh and juicy. Our trade with The Guastatoya Farmers provides an additional income for smallholder farmers like Dona Blanca, who told us that she has been able to send her daughters to secondary school thanks to the money she receives from selling aloe leaves.