Peace nut

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In Sierra Leone they have a say­ing, “he who brings cola brings peace”. It pays rev­er­ence to the im­por­tant role the cola nut has played for the peo­ple of the Gola Rain­for­est for thou­sands of years. For the past five years New Zealand com­pany Karma Cola has been play­ing its part too.

Karma Cola co-founder Si­mon Co­ley re­cently vis­ited Boma, Sierra Leone (where the com­pany sources its cola nut) tak­ing cam­era­man Phil Pren­dev­ille with him to doc­u­ment the dif­fer­ence Karma Cola is mak­ing (the footage re­cently aired on Sun­day). Fund­ing from Karma Cola has en­abled the con­struc­tion of the Maken­neh Bridge en­sur­ing safe trans­porta­tion for peo­ple and sup­plies. The Karma Cola Foun­da­tion has also sup­ported five pri­mary and sec­ondary school teach­ers, cre­ated ed­u­ca­tional op­por­tu­ni­ties to sup­port fe­male en­trepreneurs, pro­vided more than 60 schol­ar­ships, helped fund med­i­cal sup­plies dur­ing the Ebola eip­demic, and pro­vided fund­ing for the eco re­serve and an­i­mal sanc­tu­ary on Ti­wai Is­land.

And, through pro­vid­ing a solid chan­nel for sup­ply of the cola nut, Karma Cola can hope­fully pre­vent en­croach­ment from palm oil plan­ta­tions.

“If we can show that the Gola Rain­for­est is pro­duc­tive with­out be­ing torn down, then those palm plan­ta­tions won’t reach here and this place will stay as bio­di­verse as it is,” says Co­ley.

Karma Cola is made with Fair­trade or­ganic cane sugar and real cola nut grown by the Mende and Temne peo­ple of Sierra Leone. Part of the pro­ceeds from each bot­tle go to the cola grow­ers. It’s no sur­prise Karma Cola has twice been named one of the world’s most eth­i­cal com­pa­nies by The Ethi­sphere In­sti­tute and the world’s fairest trader by The Fair­trade Foun­da­tion!

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