The Journey of a Chocolate Bar

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text](Lessons From The Life Of Milton S. Hershey) 

Hershey Chocolate Company is the 5th largest producing candy company in the world and the largest producer of quality chocolate in North America.  The Hershey Company has operations throughout the world and approximately 14,000 employees with revenues of more than $6.6 billion and offers confectionery products under more than 80 brand names.

However, the journey of this chocolate factory started with the determination of one man; Milton Hershey.  At the age of 18, he started his first candy manufacturing company as a small business in Philadelphia.  By the age of 30, his candy business had failed two times, but he did not give up. He went on to learn a new recipe for making caramel and with a loan from a local bank supporting small and medium scale enterprises, Hershey started another small business in Lancaster and this time he succeeded.

In four years, Milton’s caramel company had started shipping all over the US and Europe, employing 1,400 people as he became one of the leading manufacturers of caramel across the region.  He went on to discover a new recipe for manufacturing milk chocolate, which has become the hallmark of all Hershey Chocolates.

In our quest for Timeless Wealth, we must remember that knowledge once gotten remains yours forever except when or if you decide to discard it.

What was his legacy?

Even in his death, the Hershey Company continues the legacy of its founder; improving the lives of people.  His school: Milton Hershey School for orphaned children amongst other philanthropic acts have outlived him.

Also, the Company launched a program for farmers called the Hershey Learn to Grow program. Its aim is to provide cocoa farmers with advanced training in order to improve the quality of their cocoa, while doubling productivity and increasing farming income by 30%.  Last year, 20,000 Nigerian farmers benefited from this scheme.

People whose legacies have outlived them are not those who kept their wealth to themselves, but those who invested in the lives of other people.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

L-R: GoodLuck Linda, WOSSA Chief Welfare officer; Helen Unabor, WOSSA Chief Protocol officer; Olawale Osundele, Regional Head, Lagos Island 1, Lagos Island 1 Zone, Heritage Bank; Amb. Tayo Thomas, President of WOSSA; Dame Jennifer Omotayo-Thomas, Vice president, WOSSA and John Adah, Team Member, Corporate Communications, Heritage Bank, during the award ceremony held in Lagos to mark this year’s International Widows Day themed: Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”

PRESS RELEASE

Heritage Bank supports over 500 widows, receives UN Award for Humanitarian Service 

Heritage Bank received the 2022 United Nations Award for Humanitarian Service from the Widows & Orphans Support Society of Nigeria (WOSSA), as no fewer than 500 widows and orphans in Lagos State benefitted from the Bank’s support. 

This was made known during the award ceremony held in Lagos to mark this year’s International Widows Day themed: Gender Equality Today for a Sustainable Tomorrow”.

The event was an opportunity to recognize Heritage Bank’s Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) roles to widows, their children and other less privileged within the society.

Speaking during the awards presentation, Founder, Widows & Orphans Support Society of Nigeria (WOSSA), Ambassador Tayo Thomas, said Heritage Bank is one of the group’s key partners and has for years shown massive support to the widows. 

He said: ” Basically, we are giving this award to people and organizations that have been supporting the less privileged widows. These are our partners, they have been doing great service to humanity, especially service the less privileged widows in meeting their financial needs and those of their children”. 

Continuing, he said: “The United Nations Humanitarian Award is to appreciate and acknowledge them for their support to the less privileged widows. The United Nations Humanitarian Award is an award we give every 24th of June to those who have really supported the widows. Those who have joined us to fight against injustice against the widows. That is the reason for today”. 

Speaking at the event, Heritage Bank Regional Head, Lagos Island 1, Olawale Osundele, said the bank has for years, remained committed to improving people’s lives. 

He said: “It has always been one of our front liners to always improve the quality of people’s lives right from childhood. And today that they are marking the International Widow’s Day, we are also part of the support team to WOSSA in various aspects.”

“We have been supporting them in terms of providing quality education for children of widows to ensure that life after the death of their husband is still good to them and their children. We also support the children and orphans and the less privileged in the society,” he added.

According to Osundele, the bank’s support to the widows has always been a source of joy to them.  “It means that life still means a lot to them. You can see the joy in their faces. Despite what they are going through, they are still very happy and relevant in society,” he said. 

One of the widows at the event, Mrs. Felicia Ugwunwanne thanked Heritage Bank and WOSSA for their continuous support to the widows and less privileged. 

She said that WOSSA is through the support of partners such as Heritage Bank, making life better for the widows and their children. 

“The WOSSA has for years, been assisting so many of us, including our children and orphanages. WOSSA gives us cash, help some widows to pay their house rent, school fees for widows’ children, among other things,” she said.

Ugwunwanne said the widows under WOSSA are being trained for skills acquisition to improve the quality of their lives.

“I am aware that the WOSSA is working on securing loans from Microfinance Bank, and we have completed forms to achieve the purpose. Our members are prepared to access the loans. Some of the widows have gone to learn some skills that will enable them to invest and succeed in whatever craft or business they are doing so that they will not continue to depend on people,” she said. //END.//

Ozena Utulu, Ag. Group Head, Corporate Communications