POSTED 21st May 2019

In 2017, Divine Chocolate’s UK team hosted two Kuapa Kokoo farmers from Ghana, Linda & Victoria. They shared their stories of cocoa farming and how as members of Kuapa Kokoo, they felt empowered to gain the necessary skills, confidence, and influence to succeed in their industry. Their visit included meetings with politicians, Fairtrade campaigners, school children, and chocolate lovers around the UK. Read on below to learn more about some of the highlights of their trip.

  • Victoria attended the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Fairtrade, chaired by Holly Lynch MP at the Houses of Parliament in London.
  • Linda visited Manchester University and the city’s 8th Day Co-op café for a chocolate tasting
  • Both visited Divine stockist Oliver’s Wholefoods in Kew for a chocolate tasting and to meet Divine chocolate lovers in store.
  • Both visited 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.
  • In Edinburgh, they visited One World Shop and Oxfam Nicolson Street.
  • They spoke at the Scottish Women’s Convention as part of its International Women’s Day celebration.
  • They visited Traidcraft in Newcastle and recorded a Facebook Live video.
  • In London, they celebrated Ghana’s 60th Anniversary of Independence 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 enjoyed a Divine chocolate mousse dessert.
  • They gave a short talk at The Lexi Cinema who was hosting an event for girls, future leaders, and chocolate lovers (including a special screening of Disney’s Moana).
  • They joined 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.