Women Leading Social Impact
The Chambers Federation is an award winning, US-based, accredited impact investment firm. Recipient the US Secretary of State award for corporate excellence (ACE), the Federation focuses on investments into women empowerment, responsible sourcing and value addition. We implement and empower woman-led social enterprises in the production of the world’s most genuine chocolate, coffee and gold products, working with over 32,000 small holder farmers and artisanal miners in conflict-affected areas. Available in US & European markets today.
Direct Trade is a way of doing business. It’s used by smaller companies that have an integrated supply chain and work directly with producers on the ground. It’s a bottoms-up approach to improve producer income, and bridge the gap between grower or miner, producer and you. Fair trade is a label. It’s used by large companies, to verify that farmers who live thousands of miles away from where the chocolate is made are paid a fair price for their cocoa (which isn’t actually fair enough to be sustainable). It’s a top-down approach for companies with an outsourced supply chain. We go way beyond fair trade. We know the farmers and miners we work with on a daily basis. And they know us. We share meals in their homes and we share a vision for prosperity.
Almost 70% cocoa, 20% gold and 12% of the world's coffee comes from Africa, but less than 1% of the world’s finished products are made there. Our mission is to demonstrate how not only can value addition take place in Africa but it can be done to the highest standards, in the some of the most challenging environments, produced entirely by women. This reverses some trends that have long held back economic growth in Africa. MAKING CHOCOLATE, COFFEE or GOLD JEWELRY AT ORIGIN IS NOT EASY. BUT WE’RE CONVINCED IT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO – FOR THE CONSUMER, FOR THE FARMERS & MINERS.
Building Peace & Resilience
Local value addition is the most efficient means to the lowest carbon footprint. Showing that this can be led by women, what is your excuse now?