Friday, September 22, 2017

Assam and the chocolate factory

Assam Hadhad and his family owned a chocolate factory in Damascus, Syria, and distributed chocolates to Lebanon, Jordan and Yemen until their factory was destroyed by bombs. The family fled to Lebanon until they were offered an opportunity to live in a small town in Nova Scotia, Canada. Refugees in Canada are encouraged to take a full year to adjust to their new life, before looking for work. But Assam could not wait a year to make chocolate again.

His new factory is in vacant space rented from a Sobey's grocery store, in exchange for their selling his chocolate. He has 20 employees so far, and hopes to expand and sell Peace By Chocolate across Canada. The townspeople have not only supported the immigrant family but have been inspired by them. The motto of the firm is, "One peace won't hurt."  (Today's crumb was provided by a reader of this blog.)

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