We were Peace Corps volunteers in Madagascar. We fell in love with the people and the country and wanted to do more. So we started making chocolate there in 2008 in collaboration with a local manufacturer. Even though 70% of the world’s cocoa comes from Africa, less than 1% of the world's chocolate is actually made there. We exist to change this.
To date, over 90% of our chocolate has been made from start to finish in Madagascar. In late 2015, we started to increase our supply by making chocolate in collaboration with contract manufacturer in the U.S., in addition to continuing our work with the local manufacturer in Madagascar.
This was not an easy decision for us, but it was a necessary decision to keep the business moving forward while we invest in more manufacturing capacity in Madagascar. One step to the side in order to take our mission 10 steps forward. We expect to have additional manufacturing capacity in Madagascar in 2017.
For those of you who have supported us for our unique business model, we hope you continue to do so through this interim period. We would not have made it this far without you.