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The Mantuano Cacao Co-Operative

In June 2009 we co-sponsored an event with a local NGO in Venezuela educating local farmers about the benefits of organic and sustainable farming practices. Back then I was just learning about the cocoa trade and had finished certifying the first processing plant in Venezuela as organically certified and at the event we spoke about […]

Tisano joins KIVA social micro-lending… free $25 to lend…

When I began sourcing cacao I knew nothing ¬†– absolutely nothing about the realities of farming in the developing world. After two and a half years working hand in hand with our local partners; the farmers, local NGO’s, our organic certifiers and the Ministry of ¬†Agriculture we learnt, hands on, how hard it is for […]