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Christian charity helps Bolivian tribe start chocolate factory

A Christian charity is improving the lives of some of Bolivia's struggling indigenous tribes by helping them farm a rare chocolate that only grows in the Amazon forest.

Christian Aid says its project has helped locals generate income from the rain forest without having to chop down and sell timber for cash or force the natives to migrate to other work on nearby exploitative plantations.

The charity has recently helped the community build a new factory where the Amazonian cocoa product is being processed in a sustainable way.

Emma Donlan is the charity's country manager in Bolivia, she told Premier's Des Busteed how it all began:

The chocolate factory project is featured as part of 'Christian Aid week' this May – which highlights Christian Aid partner organisations helping communities to grow their way out of hunger.

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