In Cambodia, nearly 90% of the population under the poverty line lives in rural areas, where lack of basic infrastructure, education, and productive skills in the countryside have been major causes of the unequitable distribution of Cambodia’s recent economic prosperity. Kredit, an Oikocredit partner, is one of the many Cambodian MFIs working to help combat rural poverty.
With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time for an update to our blog post “Dirty Chocolate”, which talks about child labor and chocolate. When the post was originally published in 2011, the Harkin-Engel Protocol - legislation aimed at getting large chocolate companies to mark their products as “child labor free” - had reached its 10th anniversary. At the time, little commitment had been made by the major chocolate companies. Two years later, here’s an update on what the producers of your favorite chocolates are doing to help combat forced child labor in cocoa farming.
Tajikistan, which gained independence in 1991 following the break-up of the Soviet Union, is the poorest of the 15 former Soviet republics. IMON International is one of the many organizations working to help the economic condition of the Tajik people.