She Universe have been working for the past 15 months with our partner Cathliro in the The Solomon Islands and are excited to bring a whole new collection to New Zealand that is the result of collaboration from the ground up!
This is Cacao from the source, direct from the farmers trees on the Island Guadalcanal, through the loving hands of Cathliro in the Capital Honiara to She Universe, by ship and to you.
The wonder, flavour and health Benefits of Cacao Pacifica is now here for you to enjoy, knowing you are supporting the farmers who grow Cacao as directly as possible!
With the support of Australian Aid, Oonagh, our Cacao Ambassador, has worked with Cathliro to develop a whole new way of working with the Cacao farmers on the ground in the Solomon Islands now termed ’The Cathliro Way’:
The Cathliro© Way is a complete and sustainable way to support cocoa farming in the Solomon Islands.
Cathliro works directly with over two-hundred farming families from villages in Central Guadalcanal and Isabel, primarily working with women (70% of farmers are women). The farmers are paid cash upon weighing of the wet beans in the village. Cathliro then takes the beans into their location in Honiara and ferments and sun-dries the beans by village. After sun-drying, the beans are stored by village and are ready for shipping. Alongside, Cathliro works directly with the villages in giving back and in educating the farmer families on tree management, health, farm management, saving schemes, sanitation and through Oonagh’s support, how to use cocoa as a food and sell their cacao locally in the villages.
The farmers in the care of Cathliro are now enjoy eating their own cocoa daily in hot chocolate, Cacao Tea (which they call Skinnie Tea), in their cassava pudding, as cacao nibs sprinkled over pumpkin or local sweet potato and in many more simple ways. In this manner they enjoy the nutrients of fine cocoa and also connect in a real way to the crop they have cared for in their communities for over sixty years.
Theresa, one of the farmers, expressed recently how much working with Cathliro & She Universe has changed her family’s life. There is consistency of weekly sales and her whole family has returned to cocoa farming and their plantation is growing through the training provided by Cathliro and through the regular income. Their quality of life is being supported in a direct and tangible way by cocoa, which is precisely the aim and vision of The Cathliro© Way and She Universe.
You too can now join the Cacao Revolution by eating 8 Cacao Beans a day which in the Solomons we say:
8 Beans a Day keeps the Doctor away!!