When adults do an adult's job
The 22 well-built men begin chopping the cocoa off the trees. It won’t take them long to harvest everything in the small field, much to the relief of the farm’s owner, who saved hours, if not days of work.
Founded in June 2016, the Community Service Group (CSG) in Koffessou village brings much needed help to farmers, particularly around harvest time. As a group of experienced local cocoa producers themselves, these men can do everything from harvesting the crop to planting new cocoa trees and treating plants with pesticides.
Whilst the men do earn extra income for their work, they view the purpose of the group somewhat differently. “Our role is really to help the parents get their kids into school,” said one member during a break. “If a child has lost his parents and needs help, we help them. If they need new cloths, we buy them. We use some of our revenue to help the children progress. We also use our revenue for the village, to buy chairs or things like that.”
The cost of the men’s labour is divided between the Nestlé Cocoa Plan and the farmer so that the farmer only pays half price for the help he is receiving.
An additional advantage of the system is that it works on credit, so if a farmer needs to wait for his crop to be sold to have enough cash, the CSG is willing to wait for payment until the farmer is ready. The efficiency, price and credit facility make the group an attractive offer for local farmers. To date 411 families have used groups like these so that their children no longer need to work in the fields.
Community Service Group
was founded in June 2016 by
the Nestlé Cocoa Plan
The cost of the men’s labour
is divided between the Cocoa Plan
and the farmer
advantage of the
system is that it
works on credit
Families have used
groups like these