Gaston Vizcarra Kennedy joined the team and the three of them, along with others interested in the project, were inspired by the movement of alternative and sustainable trade under altruistic purposes. They therefore decided to set up a new development organization, called Candela Perú and registered as a Non-Profit Organization. Candela was also set up in Nicaragua but it operated only for a short time. CANDELA PERU is an acronym for “Comercio Alternativo de productos No tradicionales y DEsarrollo para Latino América Perú” (“Alternative Trade and Development of Non-Traditional Products for Latin America Peru”). This name summarizes the vision of the organization. 

In the beginning, Candela’s work focused on three product lines: handicrafts, amazon nuts and pecans.organization.