Education is the most powerful tool we have to develop economies and lift people out of poverty. And when mothers can read, their families have access to better nutrition and quality of life. Research has shown a direct link between maternal literacy and reduced child mortality.*
In the cocoa-growing communities of the Côte d’Ivoire, less than half the population can read and this number is even lower amongst women, at 36.7%**.
The Nestlé Cocoa Plan, with funding from Jacobs Foundation, has introduced literacy training into 29 communities over the past 3 years. Around 1000 women have benefitted over this period, with 399 currently in these classes. Challenges do include the women finding time for these classes in their busy schedules.
** Source: World Bank https://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SE.ADT.LITR.FE.ZS?locations=CI&view=chart