From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, Drew & Erica Gilmour spent their careers working with farmers in developing countries. They learned much, helped a bit, and gained huge respect and affection for people who make food, from grower to artisan. When it was time to leave Kabul, it just seemed natural to the Gilmour’s to pursue chocolate making as it let them connect with farmers, while learning how to craft something they love.
At Hummingbird Chocolate, the goal is to make the most exquisite, sustainably grown cacao. Key to this is the relationship they build with farmers and partners, and transparency and respect throughout the cacao supply chain. It is very, very important to them that the cacao they source is done fairly, ethically, and sustainably. With every cacao bean they source, they are committed to sourcing through direct relationships, supporting sustainable growing practices, and paying farmers well for their amazing beans.
Sourcing Cacao – Their 4 Rules
They, or a fellow chocolate maker they trust, must connect directly with the farmer to ensure:
1) Farmers receive better than Fair Trade prices
2) Cacao is grown sustainably
3) Cacao is farmed ethically and humanely – no child labour
4) Do the right thing
World Peaces is a Fair Trade organization committed to connecting people from around the globe through creativity and community development. They feature jewelry, accessories and home decor from 12 countries, including Bolivia, Lesotho and Ghana.
World Peaces is proud to be a member of the Fair Trade Federation. Fair trade is an approach to business and to development based on dialogue, transparency, and respect that seeks to create greater equity in the international trading system. Fair trade supports farmers and craftspeople in developing countries who are socially and economically marginalized. These producers often face steep hurdles in finding markets and customers for their goods.
Neema International empowers vulnerable children in Uru, Tanzania through research-based, sustainable projects that promote education and whole child development.
Neema Bags are all handmade in Uru, Kilimanjaro Tanzania by young women and mothers in the community. In addition to providing these women with a sustainable source of income that allows them to support their families, each Neema Bag purchase also provides the 105 students at Uru Academy with a nutritious hot breakfast and a mid-morning snack. All materials are vegan and locally sourced and therefore each purchase also helps stimulate the Tanzanian economy.