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Fairtrade business Divine Chocolate Ltd., which is part-owned by Ghanaian cocoa-farmers co-operative Kuapa Kokoo, is offering a Divine 45g bar with any Fairtrade Latte, Cappucino or Americano coffee on all Virgin Trains for £2.20 during Fairtrade Fortnight. Late last year, Divine Chocolate Ltd was recognized with the Best Social Enterprise of 2007 award at the annual Enterprising Solutions Awards, organised by the Social Enterprise Coalition.

Sophi Tranchell, Managing Director of Divine Chocolate, said, “Ultimately I would like to thank the farmers of Kuapa Kokoo, who have created an thriving democratically run co-operative with 45,000 members – no mean feat in a country largely without running water let alone broadband! Kuapa's story is what makes Divine special – and it is a story that has engaged the chocolate lovers here in the UK – and our thanks to them for buying Divine, and asking their local shops to stock it. They are the ones that have made change happen.”

Pick up some Divine Chocolate here.

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Comment by Henk Campher on March 4, 2008 at 7:08pm
Fairtrade as the perfect name. And I like them - and I consume their products. But I have a few issues with them. They are not as perfect as their name implies. For instance, they do not work with the poorest of the poor, but only those organized in cooperatives. And farmers do not get the Fairtrade price, only a part of it and the rest goes to the cooperative. Don’t forget, farmers pay Fairtrade to be certified. More on my blog. But the quicker they come clean, the quicker we can address their reason for existence – making the world a better place. More on My Beef with Fairtrade at http://angryafrican.wordpress.com/2008/02/21/my-beef-with-fairtrade/

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