Here's a bit about us and what we envision for our collective cocoa future.
Where it's Grown
We're quite sure God didn't make a mistake when He planted cocoa in warm, tropical environments. And, His intention is for all of us to enjoy the literal and figurative fruits of our labor (Psalm 128:2, Proverbs 14:2, and many others). Cocoa-growing communities shouldn't be the exception earning, on average, one-third of a living wage.
We partner to build local economies and increase income earning potential from cocoa by up to 9x by making chocolate and many other wonderful cocoa-based products locally.
Machines, packaging, supply chains, and even chocolate itself have been developed with the global north in mind. Most cocoa-growing communities cannot purchase everything at the click of a button and have it delivered to their doorstep.
We work with origin makers to gain equal access to the tools, supplies, materials, and information they need to market their products locally and around the world.
A Collaborative Environment for
"One-size fits all" solutions sound nice in theory, but rarely work in practice. Especially when pioneering in complex cultural, environmental, and national contexts.
We believe God has created, gifted, and called each person, and thus community, uniquely (Ephesians 2:10; 1 Corinthians 12). Indigenous leaders, not outsiders, are the experts on priorities for their community. We come alongside them with respect and the peer-to-peer connections they need to achieve THEIR goals.
True change won't be realized if outsiders control the message. Let's seek out and LISTEN to the incredible wisdom and perspectives of both men and women in growing communities.
As much as possible, this site will function as a platform to feature their own words and stories - translating language and clarifying context when necessary.
Existing "fairness" schemes pay a small premium on impossibly low commodity prices, keeping farming communities and producing nations economically impoverished.
Without God's infinite wisdom, this is an impossible task. But, with His guidance, we aim to define more direct and truly equitable partnerships that create the opportunity for ALL stakeholders to build lasting, generational wealth (James 5:4; Deuteronomy 24:14-15; Luke 6:31, and countless others...).
A Key Ingredient
In many rural cultures around the world, men are in the field and women are in the kitchen. Exporting agricultural commodities often excludes women from the income equation.
We believe the roles of men and women are equal, but often different (Galatians 3:26-29). By making food products locally, intelligent and hardworking women are readily welcomed back to business with their male counterparts.
As development experts have long recognized: putting money into women's' hands changes communities and future generations. We invite you to partner with us in this empowering work.