Cocoa360 Is Doing Business
COCOA360 IS DOING BUSINESS IN AFRICA FOR A GREAT PURPOSE
Cocoa360 is a community-based organization in Ghana that uses proceeds from cocoa farms to run health clinic and tuition free school for girls. This social enterprise was spearheaded and founded by Shadrack Frimpong of Ghana. Although he traveled abroad to the on full scholarship for undergrad to obtain a bachelor’s degree in biology 2015, his soul and heart always yearned to do something impactful and significant back home that revolved around education and health.
Shadrack was blessed to win the , a prestigious award of higher education in the United States. As a reward, he was provided with $100,000 to support a project of his choice and $50,000 for his personal living expenses. Shadrack decided to put his prize money towards the construction of a facility that would comprise of a school for girls and a medical clinic for rural areas, the .
With the support of his parents, he met with his hometown’s village chief. They donated about 50-100 acres of land to him, which the initial facilities were built on. A portion of that land was cultivated to farm cocoa.
With this simple and straightforward it has been able to connect with cocoa-producing communities and identify their greatest academic and/or medical need(s). Then, it manages the proceeds from the cocoa produced in these communities to improve education and healthcare.
The Cocoa360 project makes sure they work with a local . This always serves as a strong link between the organization and the community to ensure that the programs adopted have the best interests of all parties.
After harvesting, Cocoa360’s farm manager and the village committee meet to give a to the community. The family members who have worked on the farm and community members vote on how the profit will be used to offset non-salary expenses like uniforms, books, transportation, and so on.
Essentially, it’s about pulling resources together (both labor and land) at the community level to produce large amounts of cocoa for sale. Whereby, the are used to set up and manage schools and healthcare centers or disbursed in any other way the community deems necessary.
The overall is to place lots of decision making in the hands of the community members. That way, the family and the community play an active role in the decisions to ensure their child will have quality education. It’s important that such people participate in the revenue generation discussions because in Ghana money means a lot.
So far, they have enrolled over into their tuition-free school they admit only 30 female students. Preliminary monitoring and evaluation report show clearly that their student attendance rate is at 98%, compared to the statistics of 60-70 % attendance rate of other rural public schools in Ghana.
There are over 30 staff members (), and they directly serve over 30,000 farmers and their families. They have drilled 2 boreholes on their campus, each providing over 4,000 liters of clean water daily.
, they have provided care to over at their health facility and overseen the successful delivery of up to . , they anticipate that about 240 children will be immunized, over 450 babies will be delivered, and over 930 malaria clients will be in their care.
At the end of the day, this organization is helping farmers, families, and young females to live a prosperous, healthy and literate life in Ghana respectively. Kudos to Cocoa360 for doing business in Africa for a great purpose!
Tony K Ansah, Jr., M.P.A. is a self-published author and a social entrepreneur based in Rhode Island, U.S.A. He has written and published several books and content via poems, quotes, fiction, non-fiction, blogs and articles. Tony is also the founder and owner of Ansah Africa, a consulting and marketing startup that connects donors in the U.S.A. with nonprofits in Africa to solve global problems, which was established in 2017.