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Del Sol Chocolate recipient of 2015 Viroqua Food Co-op Microlending Initiative

Posted by Bjorn Bergman on Wed, May 20, 2015 @ 01:50 PM

We are pleased to announce that Del Sol Chocolate is a 2015 VFC P6 Microlending recipient. The VFC P6 2015-P6-Microloan_Del-Sol-ChocolateMicrolending Committee is excited to fulfill Del Sol Chocolate’s entire request of $2,000 for their Cacao Mill and Winnowing Machine Project.

Del Sol Chocolate is owned and operated by Lynn Kronschnabel in Viroqua, WI. Lynn specializes in making artisan bean-to-bar chocolates using high quality, organic and ethically sourced cacao from farmer co-ops and small holder farms around the world. The bars are sweetened with organic cane sugar or locally produced maple sugar. To learn more, check out Del Sol Chocolate’s P6 Profile.

Del Sol Chocolate’s VFC P6 Microloan will finance the construction of a new cacao bean mill and winnowing machine for chocolate production. The new cacao mill will be used specifically for milling whole roasted cacao beans into nibs. The mill will be hand powered with the ability to be converted to bicycle power. The winnowing machine will separate milled cacao nibs from cacao skin in a much more efficient manner than is currently used.

Time and human resource management are critical to the success of small farms and producers. The VFC P6 Microloan allows Del Sol Chocolate the ability to build new equipment that will help increase efficiency when making bean-to-bar chocolate, thereby allowing them to increase production and save on labor.

The VFC P6 Microlending Initiative was created in 2012 by the VFC Board of Directors as a way to make interest-free loan(s) of up to $3,250 available for farmers and producers selling to the VFC or at the Viroqua Farmers Market. Loans are aimed at financing new projects or infrastructure for small farmers/producers that will help them grow their businesses and must be paid back within one year. Through the P6 Microlending Initiative the VFC strengthens small, local farms and producers that supply the Co-op and creates opportunities to improve their operations. To learn more, visit our P6 Microlending Initiative page.

Congratulations, again, to Lynn Kronschnabel of Del Sol Chocolate! We look forward to seeing your chocolate business grow in the coming year.

In cooperation,
VFC P6 Microlending Committee

Tags: P6 Producers, Microloan Recipient