We’re working with local villages to develop sustainable cacao production and a sustainable livelihood for local families. Forest is only safe when those who live there are strong enough to protect it. That’s why healthy, happy families have always been a top priority for our rainforest partners. A sustainable livelihood means food on the table, a safe environment away from loggers and healthy families for good.
Saul, the Asháninka cacao specialist, has been instrumental in getting the chocolate business wrapped up. With his expert advice, the community has sold their highest quality Criollo beans to the UK and are now selling beans to local cooperatives with access to international markets, creating a long-term alternative that out prices offers from loggers. Striking deals with local cooperatives ensures sustainability and self-reliance long after Cool Earth has waved goodbye, and any extra cash can be invested in getting schools the best books and clinics the best medicine.
By maintaining the forest, supporting the local community and creating the option to say no when the loggers come a-knocking, chocolate really does improve health.