Who we are

CABOZ Action CH is a Swiss non-profit association founded in 2012. All our projects are developed, implemented and followed up locally by our Ivorian partner association CABOZ Action Côte d’Ivoire.

Our purpose

Mission : To help improve the living conditions of the village communities of the Ivorian cocoa-producers through funding and implementing projects with a focus on health, access to drinking water, education, empowerment of women and local communities, and rural income-generating activities.

Vision : The Ivorian cocoa-producers and their families can live in dignity and feel empowered to take the development of their local communities into their own hands. We support them in this using a ‘hybrid’ approach: working with the social entreprise, CABOZ {link}, in making the local cocoa trade more sustainable, and implementing social projects with our local project manager.

Our local partners

CABOZ Action Côte d’Ivoire : our Ivorian partner association was founded in 2014 in Côte d’Ivoire to make it easier to manage our projects locally and to get local members involved. We have two full-time employees locally, Lydie Kla und Fulbert Brou, who implement our projects under the supervision of Déde Beugre (see bottom of page).

CABOZ : we work mainly in the regions where the company CABOZ buys its cocoa and can thus benefit from the synergies between its commercial activities and our social projects.  CABOZ provides office and logistic support, and helps in finding local contacts through its employees, many of whom live in the villages.

Important : The association CABOZ Action is a separate legal entity from the company CABOZ and independent in its decision-making. Currently CABOZ is not in a position to fund our projects directly.

CABOZ Action Committee in Switzerland

The CABOZ Action committee in Switzerland focuses on obtaining funding for our social projects. Committee members work almost exclusively on a voluntary basis.

Silvia Dingwall

Silvia Dingwall

lives near Baden, Switzerland

President and co-founder of CABOZ Action and member of the board of CABOZ plc.

Silvia works freelance as an editor, translator and course leader in environmental research. She is also a breathing therapist.

Monnaut Joel Bohon Diet

Monnaut Joel Bohon Diet

lives in Zurich, Switzerland

Vice-president and co-founder of CABOZ Action.

Joel grew up in a cocoa-farming region in Côte d’Ivoire and today works as a nursing assistant in Zürich.

Kathrin Heitz-Tokpa

Kathrin Heitz-Tokpa

lives in Abidjan Côte d’Ivoire

Committee member and president of CABOZ Action Côte d’Ivoire.

Kathrin is a social anthropologist and works as a programme coordinator at the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire.

Esther Pérez-Weber

Esther Pérez-Weber

lives in Zürich, Switzerland

Treasurer

Esther was charge of the administration and accounting for an architecture firm until she became self-employed at the beginning of 2020. In her free time, she runs an atelier and coffee shop with her sister Yvonne, selling Ivorian material and clothing made in Côte d’Ivoire: http://sapecommejamais.ch

Christine Brüesch

Christine Brüesch

lives near Baden, Switzerland

Committee Member

Christine is a language teacher. Before joining the committee, she already helped us with editing texts and public relations. She is responsible for the Newsletter and keeping the Website up to date.

Marie-Louise Nussbaumer

Marie-Louise Nussbaumer

lives near Baden, Switzerland

Committee Member

She is today retired and active as a volunteer, among other things as SP party president in Obersiggenthal. She was for many years a member of the Aargau Grand Council and of the Obersiggenthal Municipal Council. She worked in adult education and journalism.

Natascha Durussel

Natascha Durussel

lives in Zürich, Switzerland

Committee Member

Natascha has a great deal of secretarial experience,  and has also worked as an assistant in management and human resources in various organisations and educational institutions. In addition to her organisational talents and language skills, she is also a keen photographer.

CABOZ Action Côte d’Ivoire

Local project management

Kathrin Heitz-Tokpa

Kathrin Heitz-Tokpa

lives in Abidjan Côte d’Ivoire

President

Kathrin is a social anthropologist and works as a programme coordinator at the Centre Suisse de Recherches Scientifiques en Côte d’Ivoire.

Lydie Kla

Lydie Kla

lives near Duekoué

Project manager

Lydie Kla is the CABOZ Action project manager in the Duékoué region. She worked as a local facilitator for the 2018/19 TRECC Pilot Project (Youth Farmer Field Schools) and previously gained experience with “Save the Children” and the “International Rescue Committee”.

Fulbert Brou

Fulbert Brou

lives near Soubré

Project manager

Fulbert Brou the CABOZ Action project manager in the Soubré region. He worked as a local facilitator for the 2018/19 TRECC Pilot Project (Youth Farmer Field Schools) and previously in agriculture near Soubré.

Déde Beugre

Déde Beugre

lives in Soubré

Consultant and coach for CABOZ Action

Déde Beugre works part-time as a consultant for CABOZ Action and as the supervisor of Lydie and Fulbert. He played a leading role in setting up the TRECC Pilot Project (Youth Farmer Field Schools) in 2018, and has since been responsible for CABOZ projects run by the cooperative SCOPACI. Previously he worked as a lead trainer for EDE Consulting West Africa.

Acknowledgements

Our grateful thanks to our sponsors. In particular we would like to thank:

Gemeinde Obersiggenthal, the Swiss NGO Aqua Pura, the Jacobs Foundation and Canton Basel-Stadt.

Make a donation

CABOZ Action
IBAN: CH96 0839 0031 7536 1000 0
BIC (SWIFT-Code): ABSOCH22
Hermetschloostrasse 70, 8048 Zürich

Please note donations to CABOZ Action are tax-deductible in most Swiss cantons.

Contact

Silvia Dingwall
President CABOZ Action