Every month Fairtrade Canada puts the spotlight on one or more Fairtrade certified product categories. Whether you’re shopping for ethical treats to hand out on Halloween, or an occasional indulgence for yourself, be sure to look for the FAIRTRADE Mark on your chocolate and other cocoa products this October. Buying Fairtrade makes a significant difference in the lives of cocoa farmers and their families around the world.
From local specialty chocolatiers to international brands, there are countless options for delicious Fairtrade chocolate in stores across the country. As the fall brings cooler weather you might be tempted by a mug of tasty hot chocolate. Fairtrade certified cocoa powder is widely available and great for all your baking needs.
Margarite Lalutu is a member of ECOOKIM - a union of seven primary co-operatives located in rural communities across four regions of Côte d’Ivoire.
“Since we became members of the cooperative all my daughters can go to school. Four of my children go to the secondary school already and the other two girls are still in primary school.” Margarite works on her husband’s cocoa farm, but has also started to grow cocoa on one hectare of her own land. She planted the first trees a couple of years ago, so by now they should just about be ready for their first harvest.