On the Eleventh day of Christmas…

Divine Chocolate

The Cause: Divine is the only Fairtrade chocolate company that is 45% owned by the farmers. While Fairtrade ensures farmers receive a better deal for their cocoa and additional income to invest in their community, company ownership gives farmers a share of Divine’s profits and a stronger voice in the cocoa industry.

If I had it my way all holidays would involve chocolate of some sort.  Sadly, without knowing it, we fill our stockings and Easter baskets with items that have caused others great hardships.  And we aren’t just talking about a hard days work.  Kidnapping and forced child labor top the list of offenses.   Check out my friend Sara’s blog on the true cost of chocolate.

Divine Chocolate offers some great solutions to this problem by offering farmers ownership in the company and paying adult workers a fair wage to pick the cacao beans.  Fair trade is a beautiful thing my friends.  However, for fair trade to work it must be supported.  So this Christmas please consider taking your chocolate craving out on a nice Fair Trade bar of deliciousness.

Our giveaway of the day is coming from us this time!  One lucky winner will receive one of our Ethiopian coffee bean bracelets.  Read about them here.

To make Giveaway time a little more fun today we are going to do the following:

Leave a comment about giving gifts that give back.  Are you in, out?  Do you know of any really great companies or items?  Let us know what you’re thinking!

P.S. We will be having our final giveaway of this series on the 12th day of Christmas.  Tomorrow!

About the author


Erica is an advocate for simplicity, family time, making a cozy home and loving others well. She is the community coordinator for One Orphan, the orphan care ministry of America World Adoption Association. Erica and Calvin have four young children; Elliott, Charlotte, Lola and Liam. They currently reside in Nashville, TN.


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  • So often we buy things without thinking about where they came from or the people who made them. These sites you have given are great!

  • To be honest the best gift that give back I can think of are the pink ribbons, they donate proceeds to cancer research. A cancer cure is near and dear to my heart, so if you buy a pink ribbon money is donated to cancer research.

  • Honestly… I never really thought about buying gifts that help a certain cause… until now. Ive always just given back whether it be donations, angel tree, toys for tots and that kind of thing, I didnt realize how much oppurtunity there was to buy for a cause! Im so glad that people are given these tools to create good and wholesome gifts. I love what your doing and I love what they are doing. Yay for twelve days of christmas! 🙂

  • Tis the season to give back. Sharing not only God’s love, but giving to those who are less fortunate. It’s what really makes my holidays brighter. I’d much rather give than recieve. But, it’s got to be a thoughtful gift, not just something because it was on sale, but something that is going to make the person smile, inside and out. Honestly, do you think Jesus would give you something that he got on sale instead of something that gives you the warm fuzzies???? Happy Holidays from our house to yours!

  • We buy only Fair Trade coffees, chocolates, and other items. This year we as a family donated a goat to a family to a family via Compassion International. Apart from that, we love to buy handmade items with stories behind them.

  • Our gift idea for this Christmas….(don’t tell my sister and sister-in-law)….coffee bean bracelets!!!! We love the Hos and we love coffee and we love jewelry, so it’s the perfect combo.
    Last year we gave Education for students from the World Vision catalog.
    The year before we gave handmade necklaces to our sisters from Light Gives Heat.
    It feels really good to spend money on a gift that you know if going toward a good cause!

  • I’m loving all the new ideas your giving me! One of my favorite places to buy gifts is Women At Risk (WAR) International. They help women in human trafficing get on thier feet & become self suporting making beautiful jewlery & other gift items!

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