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  My farm helps make Fairtrade chocolate
Updated 03 March 2003, 08.48
Rijayatu at school
Rijayatu lives in a tiny village in Ghana.

Her parents' farm produces cocoa which helps to make Fairtrade chocolate bars for shops in the UK.

"My parents are cocoa farmers. My grandfather was also a cocoa farmer.

My father inherited his farm from my grandfather when he died.

I help on the farm, when I have finished my school work.

Early rise

When it is the harvest season I help gather up the pods.

I also go and fetch fresh water for helping the seedlings.

The water is a little bit of long distance from my farm so we have to collect it in a bucket.

I don't like the cocoa season because we have to wake up very early - around 5.00am to do the planting.

Fair price

A cocoa tree
A cocoa tree
Before my father joined Fairtrade, at the end of the year when he got payment for the cocoa he did not get a fair price.

Then we joined the Fairtrade he got fair price, then at the end of the year he gets more money, a bonus, for each bag of cocoa that he has sold.

Through Fairtrade I got to taste chocolate for the very first time. I thought it was delicious.

University dream

I would like to be a scientist and find a cure for Aids. I am worried that my parents cannot afford to send me to university to study.

But since my parents joined Fairtrade things are improving and my worries are now flying away."

Rijayatu, 14, Ghana

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