Comfort Kumeah lives in the small town of Mim in the Ashanti region of Ghana. She is a member of Kuapa Kokoo cocoa growers’ cooperative and was recently elected the national secretary for the farmers’ union and the chair of the farmers trust.
Comfort is a mother of five and a grandmother. She teaches at her local primary school as well as farming cocoa. Her classroom of kindergartners often exceeds 120 students. She works on the farm whenever she isn’t teaching, on Saturdays and during the school holidays.
“Before fair trade, we growers were cheated. People adjusted the scales. We got little money from the purchasing clerks and no bonuses. The growers’ welfare was neglected. I joined Kuapa Kokoo because I saw it was the only co-operative which could solve some of our problems – they trade without cheating, with the welfare of the growers at heart. There are many problems with poverty. During the lean season there is no money. Now there is a Credit Union we can borrow to keep our farms. The Annual General Meeting is also very good. Growers make their own decisions."
Comfort Kumeah visited the US for the Valentine’s Day 2006 launch of Divine Chocolate. Read her story in the Washington Times