Two weeks ago, workers from Equal Exchange and La Siembra (a sister worker co-op committed to small farmers, based in Canada) had the opportunity to visit our mutual sugar partner, Manduvira co-operative in Paraguay, and share a day and a half at the homes and fields of several of its 986 farmer members.
Chocolate & Cocoa
Equal Exchange chocolates and cocoas are crafted using only the purest ingredients, grown with care by small farmer co-ops. We source from these small farmer organizations because we believe they are the heart and soul of the Fair Trade movement.
Our 80g organic dark chocolate and milk chocolate bars combine famous Swiss standards in chocolate making with fairly traded ingredients from small farmer co-ops.
These bite-sized organic chocolates are our solution to those anytime chocolate cravings.
Our organic cocoas are made with high quality, Dutch-processed, organic cocoa powder and make a rich, comforting treat.
Our cocoas are crafted using only the purest ingredients, grown with care by small farmer co-ops.
Use these delicious Organic Chocolate Chips to add even more chocolatey goodness to your favorite chocolate recipe.
“Like Equal Exchange, we want to improve the lives of our small farmer members,” said Hildebrando Cárdenas Salazar, general manager of Oro Verde. The co-op was founded in 1999 with 56 members, and now there are 1,200 members.
Cooperativa de Producción Agro-Industrial Manduvira Ltda (Manduvira Co-op) is located in the village of Arroyos y Esteros (Streams and Swamps), in the southwestern region of Paraguay.
Fortaleza del Valle
Fortaleza del Valle was founded in 2005 to improve living conditions for small-scale cacao producers in the Manabí Province of Ecuador. The co-operative is made up of five regional groups, with over 630 farmers as members.
Taste, Learn, Explore
Why Fair Trade Matters
Americans consume millions of pounds of chocolate per year, but where does it all come from?
How is Cocoa Made?
Meet the producers at CONACADO in the Dominican Republic and see how cacao becomes cocoa. Equal Exchange is proud to have purchased cocoa powder directly from CONACADO since 2011.
From the Blog
September 18, 2017Laura Bechard
July 12, 2017
In April 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Ecuador’s coastal region, killing over 650 people and wounding another 16,000. The epicenter of this destructive phenomenon was located within one of our cacao partner co-operatives, UOPROCAE. Last year, Equal Exchange, the Cooperative Development Foundation, Pronatec (our Swiss partner for chocolate making), food co-operatives, and caring individuals came together to donate over $35,000 to support recovery efforts to two of our partner co-operatives in the region.Laura Bechard