Bar of Divine Fairtrade chocolate

Who grew the cocoa from which this chocolate bar is made? Where is the cocoa grown? What makes this bar special? Read The Divine Chocolate Story

The Divine Chocolate Story
The amazing story of how small scale cocoa growers in !hana got to own a chocolate company in the "#$%

!etting it together
Cocoa growers pooled resources to set up Kuapa Kokoo, a farmers' co-operative that would trade its own cocoa so it could get a better price on the market for the cocoa and could help them improve their lives.

& choc of one's own
At their 199 meeting the farmers decided to create a chocolate bar of their own, and with support from !win !rading, Comic "elief, the #od$ %hop and Christian Aid, the$ set up !he &a$ Chocolate Compan$.

& fair deal
'airtrade means the$ are paid a price that covers the cost of producing the cocoa and have the securit$ of a long term trading contract. 'or ever$ tonne of cocoa sold the$ are paid (1)*, which is invested in communit$ pro+ects like water wells, education and health pro+ects.

& first for fair trade
!he fact that the farmers own a significant share of the compan$ is a first in the fair trade world, Kuapa Kokoo has a real sa$ in how &ivine is produced and sold, and shares in the profits.

(a (a (aa The Best of the Best
Kuapa's motto is )pa pa paa) which means )best of the best) in their local language. ,ou get the best of the best chocolate and the cocoa farmers get a fair and secure price for their crop.

Why is it a fair deal for farmers in the Cooperative?
Acknowledgement to 'airtrade 'oundation www.fairtrade.org

*ow can we make s+re chocolate that we eat is not the res+lt of slave labo+r? Acknowledgement to 'ree the %laves www.net 9 Centre for :lobal . &rissa attempted to escape.ali government. As a result. #ut in 8ul$ 7**7 a report on Cote d01voire claimed over 7**.*** children were still working in ha6ardous conditions on cocoa farms.Now read Drissa’s story about being a slave growing cocoa on a plantation Cocoa/Chocolate -hen &rissa was a teenager. the heat was oppressive.ork !his can be photocopied for classroom use . he decided to leave his village in . 5ne evening before being locked in. 2e was more than 3** miles from home in a new countr$. but the slaveholder caught him and savagel$ beat him. &rissa agreed on the pa$ment and work arrangements. &rissa0s new +ob suddenl$ turned into a nightmare. -eak from hunger. At night the slaveholder locked them all into a small room with onl$ a tin can to use as a toilet. 1n 7**1 an agreement was signed b$ the cocoa industr$. Drissa was trapped. and the$ had to watch for snakes in the undergrowth. . human rights organisations and trade unions. and precious few +obs available.freetheslaves. *e became a slave% &rissa and 1 other bo$s and $oung men on the cocoa plantation were forced to spend long da$s tending the cocoa plants and collecting the pods. he decided it was worth it to tr$ his luck elsewhere. &rissa and the other slaves on that farm were eventuall$ rescued b$ an official of the . !he slaveholder gave them little to eat. even though the wounds from the beating were still raw.ali to look for work/. far from an$ settlement. After their rescue. %afeguards are still being put into place to make sure our chocolate is free from forced labour. where he heard there were man$ +obs available for people who did not mind working hard.ducation. 2e was pleased to be offered what sounded like a good +ob on a cocoa plantation. the$ were beaten. Although it was difficult to leave his famil$ and friends. 1f the$ slowed in their work. !here were man$ bo$s &rissa0s age looking for +obs in and the around the village. #esides the back-breaking work. &rissa0s stor$ helped tell the world about slaver$ in the chocolate we eat. 'ree the %laves and other human rights organi6ations helped convince the world0s chocolate companies to end slaver$ in cocoa production. 2e still has the scars from those beatings. the$ staggered under large sacks of cocoa pods. and man$ times onl$ cooked banana for months on end. and he did not even know e4actl$ where he was. &rissa crossed the border into neighboring Cote d01voire. &rissa was forced to work. the biting flies constantl$ swarmed around them. &rissa and his friends were given medical care and a safe place to sta$ until the$ could return home. !he ne4t da$. and then went with the emplo$ment recruiter to begin his new +ob.

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