Help Cocoa Families
There are more than 500,000 cocoa farming families in Sulawesi alone and as many as 1 million in Indonesia.
As cocoa farm productivity has declined over recent years, these families have found themselves in a spiral of diminishing return as their farms require investment to restore productivity and profitability and they don't have the financial resources to invest. At the same time the costs of everyday life, for food, fuel, education and health services continue to increase. In this situation the farms get worse, the farmers get poorer and life becomes increasingly difficult for these families.
At the same time, the vast majority of Indonesian cocoa farmers are hard working and entrepreneurial and once inspired by a vision of what is possible (and a helping hand to get going) they will work very hard to achieve a better future for their families.
Our objective is to help farmers to see what is possible, give them that helping hand with the tools and know how to do what needs to be done and to work with them to get back on their feet with a more sustainable future that they can manage themselves.
We can also help to diversify and increase farm income by adding other income streams, like selling waste cocoa tree bark for cocoa paper production, planting hardwood trees for longer term financial needs, establishing a livestock business with goats, or by helping them to reduce the immediate costs of education, or healthcare during the time when they most need it and are focused on trying to rebuild their farms.