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Or, a yummy way to help the West African cocoa farmer is to purchase chocolate from my company, Sweet Earth Organic Chocolates. Or, visit Splash Cafe, my sister's restaurant. Splash Cafe and its sister business, Splash Cafe Artisan Bakery donate at least $2500 every summer to Project Hope and Fairness and makes my trips possible.
Project Hope and Fairness has been donating tools for cocoa farmers since 2006. Theoretically, Cote d'Ivoire has 6000 cocoa growing villages and if each village had a scale, they would make considerably more money. The best gifts to cocoa villages would be sprayers (mentioned by 100% of villages queried), trucks (ditto), and passable roads (ditto). But these are expensive, and scales are cheap ($500 each, delivered.)
Donation of scale to Depa, Cote d'Ivoire, 2006.
Donation of scale to Zereguhe, Cote d'Ivoire, 2006.
Donation of scale to Dawayo-Chantier, Côte d'Ivoire, 2008.
Donating a scale to Abekro, Cote d'Ivoire, 2009.
Donation of scale to Djahakro, Côte d'Ivoire, 2009.
The chief of Pezoan checks out the village's new scale.
Pezoan, Côte d'Ivoire, 2010.
Albert presents the scale to the chief of Tetie, a village right on the Issia-Gagnoa road.
Tetie, Côte d'ivoire, 2010.
Scale paid for by two 8th grade classes from a school in Indiana. Students raised the money by designing chocolate bar wrappers, purchasing chocolate bars, wrapping them, and selling their products. They raised about $425, which is about 90% the cost of the scale. Perhaps you know some classes that would like to raise money for a scale. Did you know that the Statue of Liberty would not stand where it does were it not for the efforts of Joseph Pulitzer, grandmothers' and childrens' contributions? See http://www.ohranger.com/statue-liberty/history-statue-liberty. Can we do the same for cocoa farmers??
Soualika, Côte d'Ivoire. 2010.