Out of the rainforest and on to Shark Tank – Evan Delahanty of Peaceful Fruits, Suriname 2011-2013
After the challenge of serving in a village deep in the rainforest of Suriname, Evan was up for another: becoming an entrepreneur and creating a company that would provide sustainable income to Amazon communities via delicious, healthy fruit snacks. In perfect Peace Corps fashion, Evan started Peaceful Fruits with a batch of fruit snacks made in his mother’s oven, packaged in ziplock bags, that he sold at his local farmer’s market.
Photo from Evan’s Story
Evan Delahanty’s Peace Corps Story
Where and when did you serve? What did you do?
I served in Suriname from 2011-2013 as a Community Economic Development Specialist. I supported projects to improve access to transportation, solar energy, the internet, and higher education.
What is one of your favorite Peace Corps memories?
Walking through the rainforest with a pack of mothers and children to go visit the next village over for a school event.
What is one of your least favorite Peace Corps memories?
Sweating in the shade!
What do you miss about Peace Corps?
The sense of community and having value just as a neighbor and member of the family.
What is something you learned in the Peace Corps?
People are people
After his Peace Corps experience, Evan wanted to make the best snacks possible. They had to be good and not just good for you, but good tasting too. Evan created Peaceful Fruits to create superfood snacks that would enable people to connect with Mother Nature and the Amazon Rainforest even from far away – say, in a small city like Akron. This mean creating a snack that could travel, isn’t overly processed, and was made from Mother Nature’s goodness: real fruit, and nothing but.
AND: Don’t forget to enter the Peaceful Fruits / My Peace Corps Story fruit snack giveaway on Instagram and to use the promo code “peacefulpodcast” over at www.peacefulfruits.com