Our Story
Our Story
The beginning of our journey

Around the year 2012, a couple from the International Justice Mission came to our church to share how they were going to Asia to help fight human trafficking. We soon began supporting the International Justice Mission, and through their monthly newsletters we were shocked to find out that there was more slavery in our world today than at any point in human history. Our daily buying habits such as clothes, electronics, coffee, or chocolate had a great impact on people’s freedom around the world. We were heartbroken that so much slavery existed in our world. We began asking ourselves, “How can we make more of a difference?”

We were surprised

To find out that there was more slavery in our world today than at any point in human history. Our daily buying habits such as clothes, electronics, coffee or chocolate had a great impact on people’s freedom around the world. We were heart-broken that so much slavery existed in our world. We began asking ourselves, “How can we make more of a difference?”

It wasn’t just in other countries

We were sadden to find out that we lived right where many call Richmond the human trafficking capital of the United States East Coast. Right in our backyard! Our hearts ached to help. We began to examine the needs in the Richmond area and learned of non-profits that freed from human trafficking locally. Job training was needed to help people transition into a normal life. We wanted to start a company where we could support the non-profits in our area.

Bean to Bar Chocolate

We decided that making chocolate was something we could do together. While deciding on this industry, we also discovered that about 80% of all cocoa beans grown in the world are grown using slave labor. In addition, farmers were not being paid fair wages for their cocoa crops. We decided to we could also use our supply chain to impact slavery in the areas we buy our cocoa beans.

TAYLOR Made Chocolate is Born

Steve and Kim started their hobby of making chocolate in January of 2016. In April of 2017, Steve left the comfort of his job of 26 years to launch Taylor Made Chocolate The Taylors invested all of Steve’s retirement to start Taylor Made Chocolate, Inc. The profits from the company will be used to help those freed from human trafficking both locally and abroad.

The beginning of our journey

Around the year 2012, a couple from the International Justice Mission came to our church to share how they were going to Asia to help fight human trafficking. We soon began supporting the International Justice Mission, and through their monthly newsletters we were shocked to find out that there was more slavery in our world today than at any point in human history. Our daily buying habits such as clothes, electronics, coffee, or chocolate had a great impact on people’s freedom around the world. We were heartbroken that so much slavery existed in our world. We began asking ourselves, “How can we make more of a difference?”

We were surprised

To find out that there was more slavery in our world today than at any point in human history. Our daily buying habits such as clothes, electronics, coffee or chocolate had a great impact on people’s freedom around the world. We were heart-broken that so much slavery existed in our world. We began asking ourselves, “How can we make more of a difference?”

It wasn’t just in other countries

We were sadden to find out that we lived right where many call Richmond the human trafficking capital of the United States East Coast. Right in our backyard! Our hearts ached to help. We began to examine the needs in the Richmond area and learned of non-profits that freed from human trafficking locally. Job training was needed to help people transition into a normal life. We wanted to start a company where we could support the non-profits in our area.

Bean to Bar Chocolate

We decided that making chocolate was something we could do together. While deciding on this industry, we also discovered that about 80% of all cocoa beans grown in the world are grown using slave labor. In addition, farmers were not being paid fair wages for their cocoa crops. We decided to we could also use our supply chain to impact slavery in the areas we buy our cocoa beans.

TAYLOR Made Chocolate is Born

Steve and Kim started their hobby of making chocolate in January of 2016. In April of 2017, Steve left the comfort of his job of 26 years to launch Taylor Made Chocolate The Taylors invested all of Steve’s retirement to start Taylor Made Chocolate, Inc. The profits from the company will be used to help those freed from human trafficking both locally and abroad.