Youth agri-preneur to showcase Haitian cacao, spices at CWA 2016
In today’s feature on young people who will be showcasing their products at the Caribbean Week of Agriculture to be held in the Cayman Islands 24-28 October, 2016, we focus on 31-year-old Jean-Sebastien Duvilaire who owns Tahomey.
Tahomey is a food processing business that sells Haitian cacao, and the spices that usually go with it, such as ginger and cinnamon. The business has been in operation for approximately three years. Tahomey products are made in Abricot, and marketed mainly in Port-Au-Prince, Haiti.
We are a team of six people to do the processing for now. By summer of 2016, we predict our team will at least triple in size. We do most of the processing together as a team. And as the owner and chief chocolatier, I take responsibility for quality control,” says Duvilaire.
According to him, the main collaborators in the business are farmers who are assisted in the pre-processing of the cacao. They in return to provide their best quality cacao to make the chocolate product.
When questioned about plans for sustainability, Duvilaire said the key was in the quality of the product being offered and the way in which the environment is affected.
Our work contributes to the value chain of cacao in Haiti and also encourages reforestation in our region which represents the first environmental concern in Haiti,” he said.
Check out the Tahomey stall at the CWA for some scrumptious chocolate products! Yum!