Kacoua Akoua Mireille and Assi Messou Franck
Kacoua Akoua Mireille and her husband Assi Messou Franck own a cocoa and rubber farm in Amiankouassikro in Ivory Coast. In 2020 they both joined the Village Savings a Loan Association (VSLA) named “Amankanze”. “When we joined, we were told that the VSLA would support us in creating our business”, Mireille said. “After saving money for four months, we were able to take out a loan from the VSLA. With this loan, we bought the supplies we needed to open our store”. Download the pdf to learn more about their story.
Sawadogo Hamado Emile
Sawadogo Hamado Emile, is a member of the cooperative ESPOIR in Vavoua, Côte d’Ivoire. He owns two cocoa farms of 5 acres each. Since joining Blommer Sustainable Origins™ program in 2016, Emile benefited from various trainings including Good Agricultural Practices. The adoption of those practices allowed him to better maintain his farm leading to improved yield levels. Having increased production on his cocoa farm and having diversified his income with animal husbandry, Emile was able to buy a motorbike in 2019. Download the pdf to learn more about his story.
Kouamé Akissi Therese
My name is Kouamé Akissi Therese. I live with my family, my husband and 6 children (3 girls and 3 boys) in the village of Gôgô in the Ivory Coast. Two years ago, a Villages Savings and Loans Associations (VSLA) was created in the village. Before the project arrived in our village, I was part of the village women’s self-help association, which aimed to support the village’s development activities. Our children were going to school in the nearby village about 2 km away Madame Kouame explained. Download the pdf to learn more about her story.
Madame Sopi - Sustainable Origins partner
Having the responsibility of managing a large cocoa farm that she had inherited from her father, Madame Sopi decided to attend the farmer field school sponsored by Blommer’s Sustainable Origins™ program to learn about improved cocoa farming techniques. With the application of these techniques, coupled with a system of intercropping cocoa with banana, pineapple and papaya, Madame Sopi has secured additional income for her family, become one of her cooperative’s leading cocoa producers and has become a true inspiration to her community.
Mr. Hardi - Sustainable Origins partner
In 2002, Mr. Hardi participated in the farmer field schools provided by the World Cocoa Foundation Success Program in Sulawesi. Part of that training included side grafting, a technique crucial to the rehabilitation process of existing cocoa farms. In 2005, Mr. Hardi joined Blommer and Olam International in the SAFOB sustainability program as a farmer trainer. Over the past 8 years, Mr. Hardi has been instrumental in leading the rehabilitation of 15,000 farms, covering over 22,000 hectares and 22 million trees. As a result, the farmers have realized production increases as high as 200%, reduced disease and pest activity and an overall increase to household income.