Dylan's Candy Bar and Heifer International

"Heifer makes it easy for people to be involved, and a gift to the organization is so meaningful! Through their website, you can make a donation of livestock, providing hungry families with nutrition and income. Whether it’s a flock of chicks, honeybees or goats — any amount helps!”— Dylan Lauren

The Sweetest Way to End Poverty

Dylan’s Candy Bar has teamed up with Heifer International to make the world a better place for cocoa farmers. In May 2017, Dylan Lauren, founder and CEO of Dylan’s Candy Bar, took a trip to Calceta, Ecuador to see how cacao processing works, from beginning to end – in other words, how beans are transformed into the chocolate bars consumers know and love. As Dylan said “it was emotional, beautiful and inspiring all at the same time.”

Starting April 20, 2018, Dylan’s Candy Bar shoppers will have an opportunity to buy specially marked candy bars that will donate $1.00 to help local cocoa farmers in Ecuador improve their livelihoods. In Ecuador, this work will help empower women farmers by providing training in business and entrepreneurship, providing access to markets, and supporting women's self-help groups. Heifer will also help cocoa farmers create climate resilience on more than 1000 farms with an emphasis on soil conservation and water resources.

Additionally, Dylan’s Candy Bar will offer handmade bags and other accessories in their stores across the US.

Your purchase of these items will go towards furthering Heifer's mission to end hunger and poverty while caring for the earth, particularly in the communities in Ecuador. Globally, Heifer provides communities in developing nations with gifts of livestock/crops and training on how to turn those assets into a multiplying source of food and income.

Want to do more? Dylan said it best “Heifer makes it easy for people to be involved, and a gift to the organization is so meaningful! Through their website, you can make a donation of livestock, providing hungry families with nutrition and income. Whether it’s a flock of chicks, honeybees or goats, any amount helps!”

More than 5,000 families in Ecuador have been assisted through Heifer projects like the ones Dylan visited on her trip to the region.

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Our Work in Ecuador

Heifer International is helping small-scale farmers in Ecuador improve the quality and production of their agricultural, handicraft and tourism-related products.

Among our current regional programs, we are focused on enhancing the farm-to-market processing of milk and other dairy products, corn flour, honey, seafood and a variety of crops. Farmers are processing fine cacao for local use and for export. Additionally, families living in the coastal mangrove region are promoting community tourism and traditional fishing.

We assist small-scale farmers in establishing community-based organizations, or cooperatives, where they can develop skills to access and operate within new markets. As farmers establish more equitable relationships with intermediaries and stockpilers, they also gain better opportunities for processing and marketing.

Our Mission

In the communities where we work, we aim for zero: zero hunger, zero poverty, zero environmental damage. We believe the power to achieve this mission lies in the hands of small-scale farmers, their families and communities, and the partners and donors who are able to share the tools they need to eliminate poverty once and for all.

We’ve spent the past several years exploring how we can help more people move out of poverty, more quickly. We’ve taken the best of our methods and applied economies of scale to exponentially increase the depth and breadth of our work’s impact. We approach each project with a roadmap built on our key values of gender equity, nutrition, sustainability, and Passing on the Gift.

Together with our partners, we bring holistic solutions to the challenges of hunger and poverty around the globe. With our collective impact, we’re reaching more people and maximizing our program effectiveness. We want to share what we have found to be successful and to build on that knowledge with others who can join in our mission of ending hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth.

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