I am a 58 year old mother of six. The eldest of my children is already 31 years old and the youngest is 23. I live in a village of 200 people close to the cocoa farm. I have worked as a cocoa farmer for 20 years. Before that I made clothes for a living. The best thing about working here is that I can provide for myself and take care of my children. All my children have had the chance to go to school. They have done very well: one is a doctor, another a nurse, the third a policeman and the others are still studying. I am the secretary of Kuapa Kokoo’s women’s group; we provide information about Kuapa Kokoo and cocoa farming to different visitors. Through the women’s group we have been able to provide loans for poor families for example. There are 60 members in the group. The best thing about Fairtrade is that it doesn’t cheat.
In this photo: Grace Addai, Cocoa farmer in Kuapa Kokoo farmer’s cooperative in Ghana.
Photo by Merli Jürisoo