Women's empowerment in cocoa-growing communities

Country: Côte d'Ivoire

Impact Area

  • Nutrition
  • Water
  • Rural Development
  • Environmental sustainability
  • Compliance
  • Community engagement
  • Gender balance & diversity
May 9, 2016, updated May 2016


Jeanne Kindo Kouakou leads the women’s association in Yaokouakoukro village, Côte d’Ivoire. Women suffer social and economic marginalisation in such cocoa-growing communities, and she works hard to empower them locally.

Supported by Nestlé and our partner the Fair Labour Association (FLA), the association helps women in nearby villages increase their incomes by teaching them entrepreneurial skills – from farming to how run a business.

Jeanne and other women run a Nestlé plant nursery. We’re helping them by supplying plantlets, technical assistance, training on female empowerment and financial support.

Higher household incomes encourage parents to send their children to school, rather than to work on cocoa farms.

More than 1,100 families in Côte d’Ivoire now benefit from income-generating activities and greater female empowerment, through our Nestlé Cocoa Gender Action Plan, part of the Nestlé Cocoa Plan.

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