In 2015, CARE International was commissioned to review the current role of women in the cocoa supply chain. The report found that the Cocoa Life programme was successfully promoting women’s leadership through various initiatives such as:
- Effective training of women farmers on topics such as utilising Village Savings and Loans Associations (VSLAs),
- Enabling women to have better control over their income which led to more savings and investments,
- Improved financial literacy, resilience and household incomes,
- Women being more active in decision making processes locally and nationally.
In 2019, the Cocoa Life programme reported that 1967 VSLAs were operationally a part of the programme, consisting of 72%, of 121,167 community members, being women. Further research revealed that Ghanaian VSLA participants had increased their total savings by 24%. In Indonesia, 87% of the participants have built a savings buffer for three months or more that would cover essential needs.