As a past customer of Mama Ganache Artisan Chocolates, you may be interested to know what my company and I are doing to help West African cocoa farmers. In 2006, Ernie Roide and I established the non-profit Project Hope and Fairness to find ways to help the very farmers who produce 75% of the world’s cocoa beans. We focus our efforts in three countries–Cote d’Ivoire, Ghana, and Cameroon. PH&F has three missions: 1, to distribute tools to villages in order to enhance economic sustainability; 2, to expose university students and others to the realities of the cocoa business; and 3, to establish cocoa study centers where students and cocoa farmers can work on issues such as appropriate technology, permaculture, and establishment of cottage industry, especially the production, packaging and merchandising of chocolate locally.
Right now, I am working on two projects: 1, to finish building a rice hulling/chocolate production center in Depa, Cote d’Ivoire and 2, to raise money for students to attend our cocoa study center in Ekona, Cameroon.
We are holding a wine and food pairing fundraiser on Saturday, July 20. If you live too far away or cannot come. perhaps you would consider donating to our general fund. This is easily done by visiting projecthopeandfairness.org and clicking on the Donate button.
In any case, please find below a description of the rice hulling/cocoa processing center, a description of the fundraiser, and a link to an article about one of my students who is bicycling with his brother across the U.S. to raise money for scholarships to the center.
Incidentally, Mama Ganache sells Cocoa Study Center bars, each of which contributes $1 to student scholarships.
Hope On a Bike: Two Brothers Cross America for Project Hope and Fairness: