women's empowerment

women

Ongoing sales of Divine fund investments in women’s training, mentoring and capacity building at Kuapa Kokoo. Divine's Dark Chocolate with Hazelnut Truffle bar (3.5 oz) features a special graphic highlighting our dedication to women in cocoa farming.

 
Women contribute a significant amount of the labor on a cocoa farm, including much of the work related to fermentation and drying of beans – the key stages that ensure product quality.
 
Despite women’s important contribution, cocoa farming is largely regarded as men’s work, and women have historically had little access to the income from cocoa farming. Divine is working to change that.
 
Women cocoa farmers are common in Ghana. But they tend to have smaller, less productive farms. Low levels of literacy, due to historic lack of education for girls, makes women less able to participate in training and more succeptible to being cheated.
 
Kuapa Kokoo has prioritized equal participation and equal access for women since its founding. Women have been learning a range of income-generating skills, and being encouraged to take positions of responsibility throughout the organization. 
 
Divine supports women's training programs. According to a study commissioned by Divine, Kuapa, and Twin on nearly two decades of work with women, here's why:
  • Equal training for women in cocoa farming practices helps women improve farm productivity and cocoa quality
  • Advancement of women as recorders (elected buying clerks) provides opportunities to earn additional income
  • Women who earned extra household income used that money to keep their children, Including girls, in school longer than families in villages where women’s training was not as available
  • Making women a priority leads women members of Kuapa to be loyal and encourages women to advocate for other women to join the cooperative. Kuapa is viewed as a positive resource for women. 

Kuapa’s Women’s Programs increase training for women in cocoa farming practices to help women improve farm productivity and cocoa quality. The training prioritizes the following:

  • Facilitating the advancement of women as recorders (elected buying clerks) to provide opportunities to earn additional income 
  • Ensuring that women’s groups are rolled out across all 58 cocoa farming districts
  • Increasing literacy and numeracy training for women to enable them to earn income through other enterprises such as selling vegetables, clothing or baked goods.

Meet some of our female farmers --

 Mercy Zaah Gladys Comfort Kumeah