CITIZENS of CHOCOLATE
Sponsor a Chocolate Tree

Sponsor a Chocolate Tree

CITIZENS of CHOCOLATE is a collective of mostly Panamanian indigenous women cultivating/harvesting/processing cacao into chocolate, using bio-sustainable farming that protects the tropical rain forest flora and fauna, while producing income benefiting whole village economy. We grow communities… and chocolate.

The main goal of the collective Citizens of Chocolate is to participate in environmentally sustainable land use that meets the economic need of people and the protection of the canopy and wild life of Bocas del Toro’s rainforest, in Panama, Central America.

Citizens of Chocolate, supported by The Darklands Foundation, in collaboration with local government and non-governmental institutions, sponsors seminars and workshops for the indigenous peoples designed to address physical and mental health and economic development with a special emphasis on the empowerment of women. The Darklands Foundation through the Citizens of Chocolate Collective especially assists cacao producers with their efforts to integrate agriculture in the Rainforest whereby indigenous people can remain on their lands and therefore preserve the Rainforest, a benefit to all of humanity.

Cacao farmers, especially women farmers, receive a very low income from cacao production. Additional revenue for Citizens of Chocolate collective cacao farmers in Panama is achieved through various tourism and community activities such as workshops on themes relating to medicinal plants and chocolate, as well as medicinal plant and cacao farm tours in the region of Bocas del Toro.

Through the Sponsor a Chocolate Tree Initiative, Citizens of Chocolate aims to deepen the support of women cacao farmers and the health of the rainforest by expanding income opportunities that have been lost and continue to be lost through a decrease in tourism activities since the start of the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Please consider Sponsoring a Chocolate Tree! You can Sponsor a Chocolate Tree for yourself, or as a gift for someone else! This would make a wonderful gift for someone who loves chocolate and cacao or who is interested in sustainable agriculture or supporting women farmers and Indigenous communities. Your donation directly supports indigenous communities in the region of Bocas del Toro, Panama.
— Sponsorships are good for one year —

Photo by Michelle Renée Baldovin

What will you receive when you SPONSOR a CHOCOLATE TREE through CITIZENS of CHOCOLATE?

A donation of $100:

  • A Thank You email from Citizens of Chocolate – including a PDF version of your Sponsorship Certificate
  • Your name or business listed under Sponsors on the Citizens of Chocolate website
  • A Citizens of Chocolate – 12 oz ceramic latte mug – featuring beautiful artwork by Panama based artist Caroline Maingot
  • A Citizens of Chocolate Sponsor a Chocolate Tree – small refrigerator magnet – featuring photography from US based photographer Michelle Renée Baldovin and artwork by Panama based artist Caroline Maingot
  • Exclusive photos and video from the cacao farms that show your tree growing, being harvested, and other farm activities (emailed to you directly)

Click the DONATE button below to Sponsor a Chocolate Tree in support of Citizens of Chocolate for $100 USD through PAYPAL DONATE. You will be directed to Paypal.com and it will say caritative et humanitaire (charitable and humanitarian) as the beneficiary:


A donation of $85:

  • A Thank You email from Citizens of Chocolate – including a PDF version of your Sponsorship Certificate
  • Your name or business listed under Sponsors on the Citizens of Chocolate website
  • A Citizens of Chocolate – 12 oz ceramic latte mug – featuring beautiful artwork by Panama based artist Caroline Maingot
  • A Citizens of Chocolate Sponsor a Chocolate Tree – small refrigerator magnet – featuring photography from US based photographer Michelle Renée Baldovin and artwork by Panama based artist Caroline Maingot

Click the DONATE button below to Sponsor a Chocolate Tree in support of Citizens of Chocolate for $85 USD through PAYPAL DONATE. You will be directed to Paypal.com and it will say caritative et humanitaire (charitable and humanitarian) as the beneficiary:


A donation of $40:

  • A Thank You email from Citizens of Chocolate – including a PDF version of your Sponsorship Certificate
  • Your name or business listed under Sponsors on the Citizens of Chocolate website
  • Exclusive photos and video from the cacao farms that show your tree growing, being harvested, and other farm activities (emailed to you directly)

Click the DONATE button below to Sponsor a Chocolate Tree in support of Citizens of Chocolate for $40 USD through PAYPAL DONATE. You will be directed to Paypal.com and it will say caritative et humanitaire (charitable and humanitarian) as the beneficiary:


A donation of $15:

  • A Thank You email from Citizens of Chocolate – including a PDF version of your Sponsorship Certificate
  • Your name or business listed under Sponsors on the Citizens of Chocolate website

Click the DONATE button below to Sponsor a Chocolate Tree in support of Citizens of Chocolate for $15 USD through PAYPAL DONATE. You will be directed to Paypal.com and it will say caritative et humanitaire (charitable and humanitarian) as the beneficiary:


The mug and magnet will be shipped to you. We will be shipping from the US and at this time can only ship within the US and Canada. Please email michelle@citizensofchocolate.com if you are located outside of the US and Canada and are interested in Sponsoring a Chocolate Tree.

In the NOTE of your Paypal donation, please include: your full name or business name, email address, mailing address and the words Sponsor a Chocolate Tree so that we can easily contact you with your donation gifts!


For questions, please email: michelle@citizensofchocolate.com