Vendor Spotlight: Divine Chocolate
Founded in 1998, Divine Chocolate is the only Fairtrade chocolate company that is owned by cocoa farmers. Each bar is made using ‘pa pa paa’ cocoa from Ghana – pa pa paa meaning the best of the best in the local Twi language, where it is grown with pride by Kuapa Kokoo, a co-operative of 85,000 smallholder farmers who own 44% of the Divine company.
Today Kuapa Kokoo proudly produces up to 5% of Ghana’s cocoa – that can be up to 640,000 sacks of cocoa a year!
Most of the Fairtrade premium made has been re-invested in developing farming communities and farming skills – focusing particularly on water, health, education and sanitation to improve standards of living. Kuapa Kokoo has also taken a lead on addressing child labour and is piloting a number of environmental initiatives aimed at improving productivity and adapting to climate change. So not only are profits going towards a sustainable wage for farmers but also a re-investment in creating sustainable communities.