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Chocolate is a $100 billion industry – but most cocoa farmers live on less than $2 a day. And the women working on cocoa farms have it the hardest. The women who grow and pick the cocoa that big chocolate companies put in their products deserve better: better pay, fair treatment, opportunities for training, the chance to own the land they work, and more.
American poverty-fighting assistance saves lives and helps millions of people lift themselves out of poverty, all for less than 1% of the federal budget. Cutting aid won't close the budget gap – but it will close the door on a better future for the world's most vulnerable communities.
More than 1.5 billion people live in countries rich with natural resources like oil and natural gas, but are forced to survive on less than $2 a day. For these people, living near oil and mining companies means environmental damage, loss of land and human rights abuses. Breaking the resource curse starts with transparency: arming communities with information about the payments made in their backyards, empowering them to fight corruption and to hold their governments accountable – but big oil companies don't want to come clean.