Divine's Literacy Programme - Helping over 200 farmers in Kuapa Kokoo
As you’ll know if you’ve ever tasted Divine chocolate, this forward-thinking enterprise offer the most delicious Fairtrade chocolate. The cocoa beans which go into making their chocolate are sourced from Kuapa Kokoo, a co-operative of vibrant smallholder farmers in Ghana.
Divine is quite special, in that it’s the only Fairtrade-certified chocolate company which is 20% owned by the cocoa farmers themselves; this part ownership of the company gives farmers a share of the profits, as well as a stronger voice in the cocoa industry worldwide. Divine’s mission is to champion the needs of farmers, improving their lives and those of their families, so that together, we create a fair and sustainable world.
Apart from the positive changes Divine are making within the cocoa harvesting supply chain, they’re also investing funds into the farmers and producers of Kuapa Kokoo themselves; aiding their personal development and allowing them to thrive and feel truly empowered.
Since 2014, when their first adult literacy programme was launched in Kuapa Kokoo, they’ve helped 235 farmers, over half of whom were women, learn how to read and write! The programme has been a real success and many of the farmers are now eager to continue their journey within the programme.
Feedback from the farmers themselves about the literacy programme has been phenomenal. Many explained that they were motivated to learn how to read and write so that they can assist their children with their homework, where previously this was not an option and children simply had to get by themselves. Other farmers gave feedback that they were keen to learn in order to progress in a business sense; costing, pricing and reading the cocoa scales when sending to purchasing clerks are all tasks they can now carry out without assistance.
Due to its success, the programme will be rolled out to three more communities this year: Assin Breku, Assin Fosu and Cape Coast. We can’t wait to hear more feedback from Divine about the farmers benefitting from the programme!
If you are interested to find out more about the impact Divine are having on the farmers, communities and co-operatives they work with, you can read their most recent impact report here. This report covers partnerships with cocoa and sugar farmer co-operatives and how they are translating into better livelihoods and more empowered farming communities.