“I have been able to rise from the society, and now I'm on the top as the National Secretary of Kuapa Kokoo farmers. What a great challenge to women in Kuapa!”
Comfort is a mother, grandmother, teacher, and cocoa farmer. If that wasn't enough, she was elected to be the National Secretary of Kuapa and Chair of the Farmers' Union!
Comfort is grateful to Kuapa, explaining: “I have been able to rise from the society, and now I'm on the top as the National Secretary of Kuapa Kokoo farmers. What a great challenge to women in Kuapa!”
Comfort is still a farmer and teaches at her local primary school. These are things she is passionate about, and thanks to Kuapa she can continue to do what she loves and train the women in her community.
Life before Fairtrade was tough, and this was especially true for women. Along with Comfort, many families struggled to survive, as she explains:
“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 and there [were] many problems with poverty. During the lean season, there is no money."
Thankfully, Comfort heard about Kuapa and joined the co-operative.
One of her many memorable experiences with Kuapa has been a trip to the US for the Valentine’s Day launch of Divine Chocolate in the United States in 2007. This was a chance she knows would have never happened without being a part of Kuapa Kokoo.
Find out more from Comfort on how Kuapa empowers women in this video clip: https://youtu.be/tpaOysQyalQ