Rizek Family

Nazario Rizek came to Dominican Republic in 1905. He was preceded in this adventure by his parents, Salím Rizek and Altagracia Rizek, who directed their steps to the Dominican Republic in the year 1898, leaving behind their home in Nazaret to establish themselves in the flourishing birthplace of the New World, located, as the poet Pedro Mir once said, “on the sun’s same trajectory”.

He got married in 1925 to Doña Badía Llabaly, also a Palestinian, and together they watched their children’s birth with pride.

In 1944 Don Nazario, a determined enthusiast, endeavored into the business of cacao and coffee commercialization on a small scale, in San Francisco de Macoris. His efforts bore fruit in a slow but steady way. He did not venture into exportation until 1961, due to this activity being limited by the oppression of Trujillo’s dictatorship, which monopolized it. However, once the neighboring Dominican ports were freed, it didn’t take long for the Rizek family to take active part in the business that was directed towards the United States.

Nazario Rizek C por A is born as a family business under the care of its founders, who in 1965 and due to the suggestions of commercial banks, decide to constitute it formally so they could benefit from bigger credit opportunities. After the passing of Don Nazario Rizek, his son, Don Héctor José Rizek Llabaly, takes over the business. He continues his work through the acquisition of new cultivation areas and the gradual modernization of the production systems and techniques.

As a reward for his effort and commitment, Nazario Rizek C por A is positioned as the pioneer of cacao growing in Dominican Republic in 1985. This privilege has been sustainable thanks to the effort of field workers and a progress-oriented and innovative team of professionals. As a business strategy, 20 years later, comes Rizek Cacao, which handles investigation, commercialization and exportation of cacao.

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El Sendero del Cacao

Hacienda La Esmeralda
San Francisco de Macoris
República Dominicana

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