The poorest half of the Dominican Republic’s population receives less than one-fifth of the country’s annual GDP. But the economic opportunities are there. And so is the willingness to take advantage of them.One local women’s cooperative is actively involved in the cultivation of organic chocolate (cacao) plants, an important source of income for the Puerto Plata region. As our guest, you can participate in the complete production cycle: from planting and cultivating the organic cacao trees, to preparing the raw materials, to producing and packaging the final product for sale. By helping to improve production and increase sales, you’ll also be helping the organization to thrive so it can hire more local women, providing critical income in a region with limited.

This is 1/2 day project.

1 hour drive from the hotel to the factory.

Physical labor incudes: packaging, sorting, and pouring into molds. Wear work clothes, gloves will be provided.

Bring money to purchase chocolate gifts. The proceeds go to the cause.

The chocolate factory.

 

 

The chocolate factory process.

 

Cocoa bean orchard.

 

 

A cocoa bean.

 

Sorting the cocoa beans.

 

 

 

 

 

Pouring the chocolate into the molds.

 

 

Packaging the chocolate bars.

 

 

  
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