Wednesday, 14 January 2009

Fairtrade event for those who commute to London from Southend

Fairtrade Fortnight Lunch Talk Monday 23rd February @ 1pm
Venue; Christian Aid, Interchurch House, Lower Marsh, London SE1 7RT
Nearest tube :Waterloo

Cocoa Farmers celebrating ten years of success with the support of Christian Aid
Come and meet two cocoa farmers from Ghana, who are members of the Kuapa Kokoo cooperative which co-owns Divine Chocolate.

Two farmers from Kuapa Kokoo are flying over to the UK to help Divine celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight and to spread the message about Fairtrade – and Christian Aid is an important stopover on their tour. This is your opportunity to meet, talk with, and hear the stories of cocoa farmers first hand. It is these encounters that really bring home the significant impact Fairtrade can have and the power we have as consumers to really make change happen.

Christian Aid helped start the Divine Chocolate company and has been a great support from the beginning. Ten years ago tens of thousands of Christian Aid supporters played a crucial part in getting Divine Fairtrade chocolate stocked all over the country – a major boost that set it on its way to being the success it is today.

It’s a fantastic achievement – but it is just the beginning and the challenges are still great, especially in today’s economic climate. So Christian Aid supporters are once again using their consumer power in a new ‘stock the choc’ campaign in 2009.

As well as speaking, Divine will be offering free samples of chocolate to everyone who attends.

More about the farmers
Mr James Mensah, aged 41, is Kuapa Kokoo’s Area President for the Enchi region. He is also a Recorder; a highly respected role which is of vital importance to the structure and organisation of Kuapa Kokoo. Only those who are trusted across the community and are fellow farmers are elected to take on the role of a Recorder which involves accurately weighing the cocoa and paying farmers the correct price accordingly. Mr Mensah is married with two children.
Mr James Adiyiah, aged 62, is the Recorder for the Kokofu community. He is married with seven children. He and his family have benefited greatly from Kuapa and Fairtrade – he has been able to educate his children, several of whom are now studying at university. His community has also seen some real benefits. A number of local women have received financial loans via Kuapa which they have invested in soap-making and tie-dye cottage industries. Encouraging women’s empowerment through investing in diversification schemes such as these remain key to Kuapa Kokoo’s ethos.

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