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 a small stake farmer to not only get his product to market at a fair and decent prize but most importantly where to turn to for support to run his farm like a business. In venezuela no one from the private sector was offering Micro-credits or supporting the farmers and we stepped in with the communities that we worked with. We contribute preharvest and also portion 2% of our profits for our farming communities.
Recently a friend of ours pointed us to KIVA.org – they are a social and cloud platform for funding for micro-credits to small business owners in the developing world. They have helped over 60,000 individuals with over $200 million in loans.
We want to be part of this social change and ask you to join us: we set up a Chocolate and Tea Lover’s sponsoring team, for a limited time they are giving away $25 dollars per new user to lend to someone in need
Follow the link to help alleviate poverty and contribute to small farmers worldwide:
We recently helped fund Charity Nteere in Kenya to help her buy a new cow. She is a tea farmer in Kenya and with the purchase of a new cow she can sell the milk, make cheese and generate greater revenue to help her family and invest more into the farming.
Some info on Kiva.org:
(below extract from their website)