Mother’s Day is less than two weeks away so here is another installment in our special series highlighting our producers who are also moms. According to the National Retail Federation, Mother’s Day is the second largest consumer holiday behind the winter holidays (Christmas, Hanukah and Kwanza). So, we are excited to be able to share with you some of the individual stories of the women who make the products that you purchase from us. We hope that you choose to buy a gift for the special women in your life that will bring the world together.
Juliana Fremah has 6 children and 7 grandchildren and lives in the Amankwatia village in Ghana. Juliana is a cocoa farmer, part of the Kuapa Kokoo cooperative which supplies Divine Chocolate. But, not only do they supply Divine Chocolate, they also own 45% of the company which allows them both influence in decision-making and profit-sharing.
Juliana joined Kuapa Kokoo in 2000, and is very clear about what joining has meant to her. “Getting together to form a Women’s Group, which Kuapa encourages us to do, meant we could get a Kuapa Credit loan, and use the money to plant secondary crops like Okro and Cassava. Money from these crops helps in between cocoa harvests. Since joining Kuapa we have been able to build our own house.”
The results of her work are very tangible. She says, “If not for Kuapa, I would not have enough money to feed my family, or enough to sell all year round. Kuapa Kokoo has really helped me!
You can learn more about how Divine empowers women by watching this short video:
If you want to give a meaningful Mother’s Day gift, buy some Divine Chocolate and share Juliana’s story. Chocolate should taste great and do good!