Femmes de Virunga - Congo - Original Beans

EMPOWER STRONG WOMEN WITH STRONG CACAO

VIRUNGA PARK, CONGO

With Femmes de Virunga

Strong Dark Milk Chocolate

Essence of roasted nuts and cappuccino inspire and empower as the Femmes de Virunga washes over you. The strong taste from this Rare Amelonado bean honours the strong women farmers of Virunga. One bar : One tree Each purchase of strong Femmes de Virunga 55% empowers the women cacao farmers and their community leadership for peace and prosperity in Eastern Congo.

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The world’s first women cacao cooperative against all odds

Centuries of exploitation and decades of armed conflicts have made Eastern Congo one of the world’s poorest places and perhaps the harshest to live as a woman. Saddled with agricultural work, firewood gathering, water hauling, and childcare, women have seen an increase in their burdens as the economy has deteriorated. Girls are always the first ones to drop out of school. Violence against women has become a normal aspect of day-to-day reality even at the household level.

Amidst the turmoil, hundreds of women have taken local leadership to create an opportunity for women from the new cacao crop introduced by the Original Beans partnership since 2008. These are the Femmes de Virunga. They have planted more than a quarter of a million cacao trees and approximately 40 thousand shade trees. In November 2016, they have founded the world’s first women cacao cooperative.

Know your bean: Virunga Amelonado

The quality of our Virunga chocolates shows how important soil, climate and skillful processing are to make the best from a bean. The strong Femmes de Virunga 55% chocolate is the result of several years continued training the farming women until they have become masters at growing, fermenting and drying cacao.

One bar : One tree @Virunga

With financial support from DFID UK, Ashden Trust, and Giving Wings and Futura Foundation, Original Beans has since 2013 empowered the Femmes de Virunga through literacy courses, leadership trainings, a women-directed local radio programme and a variety of entrepreneurial activities. More than a quarter of a million cacao edlings and approximately 40 thousand shade trees have been distributed, and the work continues to:

  • Fund the local extension NGO, IDAD
  • Help the world’s first women-led cacao cooperative to grow
  • Equip the villages around Virunga Park with cacao infrastructure and nurseries
  • Plant hundred thousands of trees in the buffer zone of Virunga Park
  • Help farmers get organic certified

Want to follow the impact of this project? One bar : One tree : Go see!

“I want to become a doctor. With my own cacao field, I can save money for studies.”

Huke (15), women cacao leader

Femmes de Virunga

Strong Dark Milk Chocolate

Essence of roasted nuts and cappuccino inspire and empower as the Femmes de Virunga washes over you. The strong taste from this Rare Amelonado bean honours the strong women farmers of Virunga. One bar : One tree Each purchase of strong Femmes de Virunga 55% empowers the women cacao farmers and their community leadership for peace and prosperity in Eastern Congo.

Specifications

Weight
70 g
Cacao percentage
55%
Bean Origin
Virunga National Park, Eastern Congo (D.R.)
Rarity
Rare
Diet
Gluten Free, Organic
Cause
Help Farmers, Save Rainforests
Price (100g)
€ 5.70

Ingredients

Direct-trade cacao beans*, cacao butter*, (cacao 55% minimum), raw cane sugar*, milk*, (*Certified Organic, Gluten-free, GMO-free)

Average Nutritional Values

Femmes de Virunga 55%
ORGANIC MILK CHOCOLATE
NUTRITION FACTS
Per 100g

Energy: 2454kJ/586kcal
Fat:	43g
of which saturated fat:26g
Carbohydrate: 45g
of which sugars: 35g
Dietary Fibre: 6g
Protein: 8g
Salt: 0,16g
Iron: 7,3mg
Calcium: 222mg

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