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February 25th, 2013
Transmar Group Invests in Social Projects in Ghana
The Transmar Group, through premiums paid for traceable cocoa beans, has invested in two projects in cocoa growing areas of Ghana. Partnering with Touton, S.A., the Transmar Group has chosen to fund projects with Empower Playgrounds, Inc. and a local engineering company working with well installation.
Empower Playgrounds, an NGO based in the United States with offices in Accra, installs electricity-generating playground equipment at off-the-grid schools in rural Ghana. While the children play during recess, batteries in the school are charged to power high-powered flashlights; the children use these lights when they are home in the villages at night in order to complete their homework and studies. Lights are also used in the often dark classrooms during the day, allowing the children and teacher more success and lesson planning and implementation. The playground was installed at Ekorso-Akwadum in the Anyinim District with the involvement also of the Ghana Cocobod and PBC.

Two separate boreholes were installed in communities from which Transmar has sourced traceable beans. A local engineering company, with the help of villagers, installed the wells in the villages. Community members received capacity training and information on clean water from local implementing partners.
The Transmar Group is proud to invest premium payments in local community initiatives throughout cocoa communities in Ghana.