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Investing in women's economic empowerment.

This International Women's Day, we are celebrating the importance of empowering women across the cocoa supply chain

March 08, 2018

Women are at the heart of cocoa growing communities and the cocoa sector at large, and they are the vital link between farms and families. When they have an opportunity to earn an income, the whole community thrives, productivity on the farm increases, household incomes rise and children are better educated. Health and nutrition also improve.

Cargill champions women throughout the cocoa supply chain by improving access to land, money, training and farmer organizations. We work closely with our NGO and funding partners to help women advance economically. Just one example is through our work with the humanitarian organization, CARE. Together, we have supported the creation of nearly 200 community Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs) in Ghana and Côte d'Ivoire. They have enabled more than 4,500 people - 75% of them women - to save over USD$130,000 and borrow USD$85,000 to start and grow their own businesses, pay school fees, and invest in their farms.

Hear the stories of women in West Africa and discover Cargill's perspectives

Our new leaflet highlights the many roles women play in cocoa growing communities in West Africa, and showcases Cargill's work to create opportunities for women across the cocoa value chain.

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