Our Story

Why Cathliro®?

Because we want to make a difference in the lives of Solomon Islands rural farmers.

We want to empower the people of Solomon Islands, especially women and youth, in a real, sustainable way. The vision is captured by the metaphor: ‘rather than bringing fish, encouraging fishing for life’, showing a clear way, that is in the hands of the villages, in how to empower themselves through cocoa.

The Cathliro Way

The Cathliro© Way is a committed way of working directly with villages in Central Guadalcanal with over two-hundred farmers. Primarily working with women (70% of farmers are women), Cathliro goes out weekly to the villages to purchase wet beans. The farmers are paid cash upon the weighing of the wet beans in the village. Cathliro then takes the beans into their location in Honiara and ferments and sun-dries the beans by village. The quality and flavour profile is consistent, with variants by village of course, but the dominant notes are chocolate with light fruity and floral notes. Due to low acidity in the beans, they are great for snacking on raw or lightly roasted and for producing rounded full-flavoured chocolate.

After sun-drying, the beans are stored by village and are ready for shipping. Cathliro works directly with the villages in giving back and in educating the farmers on tree management, health, farm management, saving, sanitation and how to use cocoa as a daily food on a village level. The main goal of Cathliro is to improve the quality of life for cocoa growing communities.