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An Antigonish, N.S., chocolate firm based by former Syrian refugees is ready to double in measurement, once more.

When the Hadhad household arrived in Canada two years in the past, they have been decided to rebuild their chocolate enterprise that was bombed of their house nation.

Just weeks after their arrival, they began making chocolate of their kitchen and promoting it on the native farmer’s market. 

Their story has advanced right into a kind of fairy story.

“We started with 200 pieces of chocolate a week. Now we are producing hundreds of thousands of pieces and chocolate bars a month,” mentioned Tareq Hadhad, the eldest son and spokesperson for the household.

Peace By Chocolate began in a farmers market and is now in grocery shops. It will quickly be bought throughout the nation. (Emma Davie/CBC)

Their firm, Peace By Chocolate, now employs 25 folks, and is within the strategy of hiring 25 extra. Demand is so excessive, the chocolate makers now work both day or night shifts to maintain manufacturing going.

“Our major responsibility as immigrants to this country is not to take, but to contribute. It’s always about that. We didn’t come here to take anyone’s job. We came here to create jobs,” mentioned Hadhad. 

Giving again

CBC chronicled the household’s first yr in Canada as a part of a particular collection on the arrival of Syrian refugees.

On the day they landed on the Halifax airport, they vowed to offer again to Antigonish after the group raised hundreds of {dollars} to maneuver them from their refugee camp.

“They sponsored my family without even knowing us,” mentioned Hadhad. “They didn’t care about our religion, our background, our ethnicity.” 

The household noticed employment as a manner to assist their adopted house.

“We know that so many people leave the town to either Halifax or to Ontario or to the West to find jobs. One of the first employees that we hired, he was in Alberta and we brought him back to town to work.”

The Hadhad household spent Saturday mornings promoting chocolate on the native farmers market after they first moved to Antigonish. (Carolyn Ray/CBC)

Their story went viral after they donated a few of their income to Fort McMurray after it was devastated by wildfire. They’ve been profiled internationally, and have been featured in speeches by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

This yr, the firm grew to become much more fashionable when it launched a collection of chocolate bars that celebrated satisfaction. Some have been packaged within the colors of the rainbow flag, others featured the colors of the trans, lesbian and bisexual flags. Hadhad mentioned demand for these merchandise sparked responses from around the globe.

“That’s the first time, I see on the website, people are contacting me from all over the world. Spain, Nigeria, from Germany, New Zealand.”

Sharing the story

Hadhad is now a public speaker, travelling the nation to speak about their new starting.

“When I hear all the negative stories that are being told across the world, I feel we have to share the story of Peace By Chocolate,” he mentioned. 

Hadhad, who fled Syria throughout his final yr of medical college, wished to develop into a physician when he arrived in Canada. Now politics might be in his future. 

“It’s really important to always think how we can always make a difference.”

It took practically a yr earlier than all members of the Hadhad household have been reunited in Canada. (Carolyn Ray/CBC)

As for the household enterprise, Hadhad is hoping these new jobs are just the start of an ongoing growth.

The sweets are going to be bought in grocery shops throughout the nation within the coming months. They’ll be obtainable on Amazon and Hadhad has his sights set on the American market subsequent yr.

“There is nothing that is impossible in this country.”

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