When we were looking for a cacao supplier for our products, we discovered Casa Luker and instantly, we knew they were the people we wanted to work with. Not only was their cacao of exceptional good quality (Fino De Aroma) but we were won over by their social approach to the cacao business.
Colombia has a huge wealth of natural landscapes and as yet unexplored places. With its two oceans, three mountain ranges, jungles and plains, it is one of the largest producers of Cacao Fino de Aroma, that carries the aromas and tastes of the land that produced it.
In its expansion in the world of fine cocoa production, CasaLuker maintains its commitment to the social development of each one of the countries that it reaches. To achieve their goal of creating a long-term, sustainable business, they have established programs that guarantee favourable conditions for their employees, their commercial and agricultural partners, their suppliers and for society as a whole.
For over 100 years, CasaLuker has been committed to providing the best chocolate possible while benefitting each one of the individuals involved in its production.
Their main cocoa bean supplier are the farmers’ associations with which they maintain purchase contracts in order to guaranteee the sale of their harvest.
CasaLuker provides farmers -free of charge- with the tools they need to produce excellent quality cocoa: technical training at the Luker research and educational farm, Granja Luker, as well as technical support in the field.
The Urban Active School (Escuela Activa Urbana, EAU) in Manizales, Colombia is a partnership led by the Luker Foundation and the city of Manizales. It is based on the model established by Colombia’s Escuela Nueva (New School). The program seeks to provide “…an education that breaks the passive attitude of the student and the authoritarian attitude of the teacher.” Currently, EAU covers 38% of urban public schools in Manizales, and hopes to expand the model to more institutions.
One of the characteristics of this new way of teachng it that it “replaces the traditional educational model with an active teaching model that encourages participation, democracy, tolerance, respect, the resolution of conflict and problems within the classroom, cooperation, collaboration, teamwork, leadership, and the motivation of students in the learning process.”