What does Montes de María Chocolate do?
Montes de María Chocolate is a project created for the improvement of educational quality of the subregion, through the transformation of cocoa into chocolate and derived products, making the students into protagonists and the central axis of the process.
This transformation is done in a series of steps, in which the combination of cocoa and different agricultural products creates exotic flavors and gives an added value to the obtained chocolate. The students are in charge of completing the productive stages, and they develop related abilities in the natural sciences and mathematics through processes of transformation of raw goods, putting in practice what is learnt in the classroom.
How does Montes de María Chocolate generate an impact?
Pedro Meza, founder and leader of the project, is a professor and states that thanks to this project they have managed to improve and enhance citizen competencies such as: leadership, tolerance and team work, all important for the consolidation of peace in this subregion which has been heavily hit by violence.
RECON has contributed to this project with two training programs: The first was in Value Transformation with the Dalai Lama Center of MIT, the second was for the
strengthening of the social business model, training which was overseen by Impact Hub, Athena and RECON.
How has RECON supported Montes de María Chocolate?
The project received a seed capital of $2.000.000 which was delivered via the President’s Counsel for Human Rights, for having been one of the three finalists of the RECON 2017 contest in the category of Culture of Peace and Human Rights.
Furthermore, it has been seen on the RECON platform and other media such as El Tiempo, amongst other regional media.