The social agenda is very impressive
with investments in schools, housing and health care. Women not only play a central role on the (cocoa) farms and as workforce, but also hold leadership positions. A women committee coordinates special projects and programs that focus on womens’ needs and issues. Important and promising is also the fact that EL CEIBO attracts and employs many young people in the countryside
and thus helps to curb emigration of the rural young to the cities.
What does the EL CEIBO success story mean in concrete terms? More than 1,200 cocoa farmers, almost 200 staff and more than 2,000 indirect jobs have significantly improved the life of more than 10,000 Bolivians
. The nomination documents and more so the visit in Bolivia confirm that EL CEIBO is one of the best organized and most professional cooperatives and prove that cooperative systems are alive and meaningful. Additionally, EL CEIBO stands for organic farming and nature conservation at its best making it a proud show case example of the movement. And last but not least: The farmers and workers make many customers around the world happy with finest organic and fair trade cocoa and chocolates.