CasaLuker was founded in Colombia over one hundred years ago and is one of the most important buyers of cacao Fino de Aroma in the world. This family owned enterprise is a World Cocoa Foundation member who manufactures and distributes chocolate made with 100% Cacao Fino de Aroma and its derivatives. CasaLuker focuses on creating a long-standing and sustainable cocoa business model for all the stakeholders in the cocoa chain. Five decades ago, La Granja Luker (“The Luker Farm”) was set up and is one of the few and possible best equipped cocoa research centres in the world that has trained 500 teachers, benefitting 13,000 students and 30,000 farmers.
CasaLuker has many projects that are are committed to the social development of the cocoa sector in Colombia and Peru. It is also a company that has its own strong beliefs: fairness, opportunities, environment, research, training, quality, education, and people, its most precious asset. “The Luker Way” is a connection with partners, farmers, employees, clients and with society at large. Over 7500 families have benefitted from programmes involving 45 cocoa producing associations and 18000 hectares of cocoa plantations.
CASA LUKER SOCIAL IMPACT ON NECOCLI
Necoclí is one of Colombia’s oldest towns founded 1509 and a place where families are finding their way out from poverty, lack of opportunities and an environment affected by violence. Tenaciously and with engagement, hundreds of habitants are working with CasaLuker at its 600 hectares farm, of which 500 are planted. It used to be a land for cattle with only six workers. With CasaLuker´s administration arrival and after planting an agroforestry system (cocoa, timber and plantain), the farm has today an average of 150 permanent people, and in harvest time, 300.
This initiative and CasaLuker´s commitment with the Necoclí families have allowed the social dynamics of this magical place to change positively. CasaLuker supports there three schools of 150 children between 6 and 16 years old that, because of social turbulence, hadn´t ever before dreamed or believed in future. CasaLuker knows that it is not by giving goods how it can make a difference in this small northern town. It is by organizing activities and offering education how it is impacting socially dozens of families.