Find out where the ladies will be visiting below, and keep up with all the news from their trip on Twitter
On the 28th February Victoria will be attending the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Fairtrade chaired by Holly Lynch MP at the Houses of Parliament in London while Linda visits Manchester University and the city’s 8th Day Coop café for a chocolate tasting.
On Wednesday 1st March Linda and Victoria will visit Divine stockist Oliver’s Wholefoods in Kew for a chocolate tasting and to meet Divine chocolate lovers in store.
On Thursday 2nd March Linda and Victoria will visit Honley High School in Huddersfield with fairandfunky, before visiting Calderdale College and then attending the Minster Series at Halifax Minster hosted by Holly Lynch MP and fairandfunky. The tour continues to Edinburgh, with a visit to One World Shop and Oxfam Nicolson Street where shoppers can meet the farmers, followed by a talk at the Scottish Women’s Convention International Women’s Day celebration on Saturday 4th March.
On Monday 6th March the farmers will visit Traidcraft in Newcastle and record a Facebook live video for Traidcraft and Divine Chocolate followers, before returning to London to celebrate Ghana’s 60th Anniversary of Independence. Linda and Victoria will be celebrating with a Ghanaian feast at an Independence Day dinner with Zoe's Ghana Kitchen and the Guardian, sharing their perspective on women's empowerment while diners enjoy a Divine chocolate mousse dessert.
On International Women’s Day (8th March) the ladies will give a short talk at The Lexi Cinema who are hosting an event for girls, future leaders and chocolate lovers including a special screening of Disney’s Moana.
On Thursday 9th March Linda and Victoria will join leading industry experts in London to speak at a Divine Chocolate briefing ‘What is it about women and chocolate?’ at The Lansdowne Club in Mayfair, exploring the latest perspectives on empowering women around the world through chocolate and launching a report into the 20 years of work by Kuapa Kokoo and Divine to empower women cocoa farmers.
About Linda and Victoria
Linda Berchie is 42 years old and comes from the Western Region of Ghana where she lives with her husband and four children. She’s been a Kuapa Kokoo member since 2006 when she was also elected as her village’s Recorder, meaning she is responsible for weighing all the cocoa grown by her village and paying the farmers accordingly. She has a 12 acre cocoa farm and is an active member of the Kuapa Gender team, organising training for women farmers on money and home management, and alternative income generating methods like soap making and growing other crops.
Victoria Boakyewaa is 25 years old and comes from Sikaman zone in the Obuasi Society. She’s a single mother of two children, and uses part of her Fairtrade premium to support her family.
Victoria couldn’t read or write until she took part in the adult literacy classes, which are partly funded by Divine Chocolate investment in producer support programmes. The class has empowered her to do things she could not do before, such as reading sign posts, writing and simple arithmetic. Victoria can now help her children and siblings do their school assignments too.