It’s an experience walking into the ChocoSol store in Toronto. Filled with a large variety of chocolate on display, enticing aromas, bright imagery and smiling employees — wholly contributing to the feeling of community and warmth.

Michael Sacco, founder of ChocoSol and talented storyteller has created the ultimate masterpiece with ChocoSol — a whole food, stone ground chocolate production facility.

Planting the seed.

The journey all began in the Fall of 2003, when Michael was invited by a friend's mother — a village homeopath in San Pablo Guelatao, Oaxaca — to help roast cacao so that they could make her great-great-grandmother’s chocolate recipe for Christmas. A year later, he was still making chocolate.

Growing made easy.

ChocoSol — specializing in artisanal chocolate made using organic, forest garden, shade-grown cacao, sourced directly from Indigenous communities in Southern Mexico — is in the midst of a growth stage and was seeking funds to purchase equipment and support cacao procurement to further their production.

In March 2016, ChocoSol’s loan was fully funded on Lending Loop. They are currently using the funds to fulfill their original vision for the future of the company.

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