December 23, 2015
Mom can’t go a day without chocolate? She’ll love these Fair Trade chocolate bars, which you can get at Whole Foods Market. Profits and responsibility are shared amongst the 85,000-farmer cooperative Kuapa Kokoo, which was started in the 1990s when common goals led cocoa farmers to unite and sell their cocoa without government intervention. These goals included the empowerment of women and a sustainable approach to cocoa cultivation.
In 1997, Kuapa decided to raise the bar in the world of Fair Trade chocolate and by Christmas 1998 Divine Fairtrade milk chocolate was on shelves in the United Kingdom. The original fair trade chocolate company partly owned by Kuapa, The Day Chocolate Company, embraced what had become its flagship treat and changed its name to Divine Chocolate Ltd in 2007.
Kuapa gives back to its farmers in a few ways. One is through Kuapa Radio, which allows farmers to disseminate essential information like farming tips and Fair Trade standards, and also about the Divine Chocolate Company, of which they are part owners. Another initiative is improving the positions of women on cocoa farms, where they might otherwise have little control due to historic sexual discrimination. By teaching valuable skills and inviting participation, Kuapa continues to improve the lives of the cocoa-farming women of Ghana.
Luckily these delectable chocolate bars are sold at Whole Foods, Ten Thousand Villages, Harris Teeter, Cost Plus World Market and a number of other natural foods retailers, so you don’t need to wait for an online-order, either!
Photo Credit: Divine Chocolate