As a social enterprise, we make our products locally. Everyone who is involved in the manufacturing process 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’ approach is to ensure that the profits from its operations are shared evenly throughout the supply chain. This helps to create and safeguard the livelihoods of local farmers and other actors involved in the process. Our chocolate, coffee and chia seeds are made at the source. Profits from Virunga Origins go back to the people who plant, harvest and process the agricultural inputs. That’s what we mean by shared happiness.
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 products, the farmers and employees get happy. The Park’s rangers get happy. Our gorillas and other wildlife get super happy. And with our quality products, you will be extremely happy, too. That’s what we call Double Happiness!
The Park’s rangers are its heroes. They are the true guardians of this unique habitat, the most biologically diverse protected area in Africa.
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.
A single-origin, Bean-to-Bar chocolate, manufactured and packaged locally, using only beans that are grown by the small-holder farming communities bordering Virunga National Park.