As a social enterprise, we make our products locally. Everyone who is involved in the making of the chocolate benefits. 100% of all profits go back to Virunga National Park and its surrounding communities. Our factory sources directly from the producers, which cuts out the middlemen. The factory employs and trains local workers and we prioritize the widows of the Rangers who were killed while protecting the Park.
Virunga Origins empowers small, family businesses. Communities have greater economic opportunity putting more kids in school, saving endangered trees on the hills, and keeping vulnerable youth out of the militias. It enables the protection of one of the world’s most important parks, giving our gorillas, chimps, hippos, elephants, lions, leopards, and all our beloved wildlife a brighter future.
It’s simple. When you buy our chocolate, the farmers around Virunga National Park get happy. The Park’s rangers get happy. Our gorillas and other wildlife get super happy. And when you take that first bite, you will be extremely happy, too.
Positioned in a context of extreme poverty in a region recovering from 20 years of civil war, the Park’s future existence relies on its economic success and its contribution to peace-building and development in the region.