Growing a better future for farmers
Mars Chocolate Associate Manuel Salazar, traveled to Côte d’Ivoire from Hackettstown, New Jersey, U.S. as part of his Mars Ambassador Program (MAP) assignment. This is where he met Yao Kouama, who was born and raised in the country’s village of Bocanda and has worked for the past 33 years on his seven-hectare cocoa farm. Like other farmers in Côte d’Ivoire, Yao needs fertilizer to boost his yield and become profitable, but can’t afford it.
The goal was to allow Associates to get to know our farmers with the hope of inspiring them to donate to a program that lends to farmers so they can buy fertilizer,” Said Manuel. “The fertilizer improves crop yield, so farmers can repay the loan and buy more fertilizer. Read Manuel’s full story
Wrigley Associates Go Back to School
Seven Wrigley Associates from Canada, China, Mexico, Russia, the UK and the U.S. went “back to school” as part of the Mars Ambassador Program (MAP). They worked with the Foundation for Environmental Education (FEE), a global partner of the Wrigley Company Foundation, to help local students create a more energy efficient place to learn as part of the Eco-Schools program. Students at Scoala 112 in Bucharest, Romania, embraced the FEE Eco-School initiative but didn’t have the resources to conduct the required energy audit. Through a partnership with the local FEE partner, CCDG Romania and MAP, the students learned how to conduct an audit and much more. Read the full story
Love for pets knows no boundaries
On a sweltering October day in Guadalajara, Mexico, hundreds of local men, women and children stood in line for hours, patiently waiting to receive free treatment for their pets. It was a special day when free vaccinations were provided by an international team of five Mars Ambassador Program (MAP) volunteers. Associates from India and the U.S. joined Banfield Mexico, PEDIGREE® Mexico, and Mexican veterinary students to set up one of three mobile clinics to vaccinate and deworm the animals. The clinic treated pets from about 1,000 families during their two-week trip. Read the full story