A gourmet delight that lives up to its name, Divine Chocolate is made with only the finest quality, fairly traded cocoa beans from Kuapa Kokoo, a cooperative of smallholder farmers in Ghana.
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Divine Chocolate is co-owned by the 85,000 farmer members of Kuapa Kokoo, the cooperative in Ghana that supplies the cocoa for each bar of Divine. As owners, they get a share in the profits, a say in the company, and a voice in the global marketplace. Divine fair trade milk chocolate, made from Kuapa's best of the best fairly traded cocoa beans, was launched in October 1998.
Women contribute a significant amount of the labor on a cocoa farm, including much of the work related to fermentation and drying of beans – the key stages that ensure product quality. Kuapa Kokoo weighs, bags and transports the cocoa to market and carries out all the necessary legal paperwork for its members. Kuapa strives to ensure that all its activities are transparent, accountable and democratic.
By owning the largest share of Divine, farmers have a seat at the table, more benefits go to smallholder farming families and communities, and they have more control over their own destinies. It’s a great example of how businesses can do their part to contribute to improving the livelihoods of farmers who supply the land, the labor and the knowledge that produces great food. Making women a priority leads women members of Kuapa to be loyal and encourages women to advocate for other women to join the cooperative. Kuapa is viewed as a positive resource for women. Women who earn extra household income use that money to keep their children, including girls, in school longer than families in villages where women’s training was not as available.