Read about Konu and Elizabeth who are exemplary of how it's possible to work together to empower their community- which makes the cocoa they produce, an even sweeter product.
Elizabeth and Konu are a married couple who are both cocoa farmers and have been members of Kuapa Kokoo for 13 years. Kuapa Kokoo is a co-operative of over 85,000 cocoa farmers who own 44% of Divine Chocolate. Both Elizabeth and Konu are small holder farmers, who manage their own farms (2-2.5 acres), creating a little bit of healthy competition as to who can create the most yield.
They live in Yeboahkrom, which is situated in the rural region of Dadieso in Western Ghana. Together they have a family of 7 children, 3 girls and 4 boys. The youngest, Norbert, is a very bubbly 3 year old and is pictured below.
What is particularly unique about their relationship is that Konu is the Gender Secretary for their local Women's Group, of which Elizabeth is a member. The Women's Groups serve a practical as well as a community purpose, providing a space for women to learn about best agricultural practices, share advice on income generating projects and money mangement. Konu's involvement signals the importance of this group, with the potential to inspire other champions of gender equality. As women have been increasingly recognised for their significant role in producing good quality cocoa, supporting women's access to micro-financing, literacy programmes and business advice is essential to empowering women. Konu and Elizabeth are exemplary of how it's possible to work together to empower their community- which makes the cocoa they produce, an even sweeter product.