New Collaboration with the Chocolonely Foundation in Côte d’Ivoire Aiming to Empower Cocoa Communities

Women training at Yarani Professional Training School in Côte d'Ivoire.
WONDER’s new collaboration with the Chocolonely Foundation: Project Fleurir

Project Fleurir is a two-year livelihoods project in collaboration with Yarani Professional Training School and CAYAT, a partner organisation of the Chocoloney Foundation. The Chocolonely Foundation stand firm in their commitment to supporting projects and organisations dedicated to fostering prosperous cocoa-growing communities in Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana. They aim to instigate systemic change and challenge the prevailing norms within the cocoa industry.

The aim of the project is to empower and equip 90 marginalised young women from the cocoa community surrounding CAYAT, improving women’s income-generating capacity, their sense of self and confidence, to break them from the cycle of poverty, and ultimately introduce more sustainable opportunities for the community.

Cocoa Community Growth: The Vital Impact of Empowering Women

Women in this community face challenges including domestic violence, exploitation, and modern slavery. Most families live in extreme poverty and have limited opportunities for education and employment.

To establish Project Fleurir’s sustainable impact, it is important to ensure skills training and support is contextually appropriate. This involves understanding the capacity of the local market to adapt to increased production and income. Presently, a consultant has been selected to undertake the market study which will inform the training the women will receive.

Collaborating with Yarani and Cayat: Enhancing Initiatives in Côte d’Ivoire

In 2021, the Chocoloney Foundation worked with WONDER to empower young women with cooking, chocolate-making, and confectionary courses as well as providing mentoring at Yarani. Project Fleurir plans to build on this project, and through a collaboration with CAYAT, strives to work more directly with cocoa communities and provide positive outcomes for a wider demographic and geography.

What Project Fleurir is Expected to Achieve

Through Project Fleurir, Yarani will provide training to local women in business skills to make them more employable. Kitchen facilities will be installed on CAYAT’s premises to allow for women in the future to access these facilities and obtain greater business opportunities. There will also be childcare facilities, to allow mothers to attend and receive the training.

Author: Emily Gander

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