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New Chocolate Coming in November Will Benefit the Tanzania Education Trust
Springfield, MO – A delectable enterprise that has been making waves in Springfield andglobally for its chocolates as well as its business practices, the Springfield-based small batchchocolate maker Askinosie Chocolate is introducing a new venture in Tanzania, to bring a new treat to chocolate lovers that’s not only delicious but also benefits future generations. Creating a new chocolate sourced from the village of Tenende in Tanzania by the woman-led cocoa farmer group UWATE, the new chocolate coming in November will also benefit the Tanzania Education Trust (TET), with a portion of proceeds supporting both the local farmers — who will share in the profits — and TET’s mission to build more than 3000 secondary schools for Tanzania’s children.
Instrumental in Askinosie Chocolate’s selection of Tanzania as its newest source of cocoa beanswas Springfield philanthropist Doug Pitt — in a partnership that marks one of Pitt’s first initiatives as the Goodwill Ambassador For Tanzania — to create opportunities for Tanzania and its people, and bring awareness to the mission of the Tanzania Education Trust. Says Goodwill Ambassador Pitt of the project, “I’m excited to announce this partnership and thankful to Shawn Askinosie and Askinosie Chocolate’s Cocoa Honors program for choosing Tanzania as the site for its newest cocoa origin, and its dedication also to drilling a well in Tenende to provide potable water for the village. By creating this opportunity engaging the cocoa resources of the UWATE cocoa farmer group directly with the farmers and doing a profit share with them,Askinosie Chocolate continues to be a pioneer in new ways of doing global business.”
In selecting Tanzania as the site for sourcing its newest chocolate, Pitt came together with 13 juniors from Springfield’s Central High School, who are part of Askinosie Chocolate’s neighborhood outreach program called Cocoa Honors. A program that helps students understand the cocoa industry of Africa, the students deliberated on bean quality and other factors in selecting Tanzania, and departed on August 8th on a trip to Tanzania with Askinosie Chocolate founder Shawn Askinosie to meet the UWATE farmers in Tenende, and drill a deep-water well for the village. “This is a taste of much more to come in developing sustainable ventures throughout Tanzania and other countries,” says Askinosie. “We are excited that we are able to impact future generations and utilize the country’s rich resources combined with enterprising residents to create a winning scenario for all of us.”
In meeting with the farmer group UWATE and utilizing the cocoa resources of the Tenende village, the Askinosie Chocolate partnership will mark the first time a cocoa farmer group in Tanzania has directly contracted with a chocolate maker, instead of brokering the business exchange through a middleman. By direct trade with Askinosie Chocolate, a business practice that Askinosie Chocolate engages in with all their cocoa sources, these transactions will mark the highest the UWATE farmers have ever been paid, per ton, in Tanzania.
While they are in Tanzania, the Cocoa Honors students will continue their global learning with the assistance of Maji-Tech ngineering Ltd., to perform a service project in the community. In addition to meeting the source of their newest cocoa bean farming first-hand, the youths will also be drilling a well which will help provide potable water to around 2,000 Tenende citizens, and will distribute samplings of chocolate to local school children, many of whom have never beforetasted chocolate despite the community’s production of cocoa beans.
About Askinosie Chocolate
Askinosie Chocolate is a small batch chocolate manufacturer located in Springfield, Missouri,sourcing 100% of their beans directly from the farmers. Shawn Askinosie, founder and chocolate maker (and frequent guest on Fox Business Network), travels to regions of Mexico, Ecuador, and the Philippines to work directly with the farmers and source cocoa beans for his chocolate. This allows the chocolate to be traced to the source and labeled Authentic Single Origin Chocolate. It also enables Askinosie Chocolate to profit share with the farmers, giving them a Stake In the Outcome™. The Askinosie Chocolate mission is to serve their farmers, their neighborhood, their customers and each other, sharing the Askinosie Chocolate Experience by leaving the world a better place than they found it.
Watch the Askinosie Chocolate Cocoa Honors students at:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zAbbzvrIKTk