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African chocolate has a dark history. That is why projects in the Virunga National Park, the oldest in Africa, are so important. In 2016 the Femmes de Virunga project was launched, the first ever female-led cacao cooperative in the world, and in one of the most dangerous places to be a woman. The project educates and supports these women, enabling them to provide for and support their families.
Since the project started in 2016 more than a quarter of a million cacao trees have been planted and there are over 1500 women farmers in the cooperative.
Tasting notes of deep chocolate and light brightness of dried red fruits with a peaty whisky end note.
Chocolarder is a small batch chocolate maker in Cornwall, UK. The founder Mike Longman, a former pastry chef has made award winning single origin bars since 2012. Chocolarder believes in the ‘ethical transparency’, which starts right at bean to bar. Longman ensures to build meaningful relationships with the farmers with the direct trade model to make sure farmers are being recognized for their hard work. Chocolarder picks only the finest beans to be produced into the chocolate bars. Chocolarder also believes that less is more with ingredients providing a top quality organic experience with health benefits as well.
Virunga National Park is located in the Albertine Rift Valley in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was created in 1925 and is among the first protected areas in Africa. Most of the people living within the park rely upon tourism or agriculture to make a living, including those who farm cacao within its limits. Swiss chocolate maker Original Beans maintains a long-term partnership with thousands of farmers in this region, buying their organic-certified cacao with the return promise of sustainable cultivation within the Park.