At Askinosie we enjoy crafting chocolate and love every aspect of the process, especially during amusing “holidays” such as National Chocolate Covered Anything Day on Monday, December 16th. We always have fun on these days, hosting events at our factory, inviting guests to come in and share in the joy that chocolate can bring. But even better than those light-hearted times, we’ve found that adding chocolate to tough situations can actually solve problems in the communities of our farmers around the world.
Of course we work together with our farmer partners to craft exceptional chocolate from exceptional cocoa beans. But we also want our farmer partners’ communities to thrive. We aim to do this by profit sharing but we also try to ask what their needs are and work with them to meet those needs in a completely sustainable way. We try to solve problems through fully sustainable community development. In the case of two origins–Davao, Philippines, and Kyela, Tanzania–this has meant collaborating with the schools’ administration and PTA, along with Convoy of Hope, to develop a lunch program for the students, many of whom suffered from malnutrition.
The programs are sustainable because we purchase a product harvested by the PTAs, sell it here domestically and return 100% of the profits back to the PTA so they can source local food to provide lunch to every student for every school day. Since 2011, we have provided more than 315,000 meals completely sustainably. We are simply providing access to the market for these PTAs; they are feeding their community’s children. We work closely with Convoy of Hope to monitor height, weight and arm circumference of every student, along with attendance and graduation rates to measure the success of this program. We are in constant contact with the school administrators.
When Tableya and Premium Kyela Rice are purchased, one hundred percent of the sales fund meals for the students at Malagos Elementary School in Davao, Philippines and Mwaya Secondary School in Tenende, Tanzania.
P.S. Interested in attending the Chocolate Covered Anything Day event at Askinosie’s Headquarters in Springfield, Mo., check it out.