This is a story of love, autism, chocolate, and innovative social finance. Full disclosure – I’m an investor in this company and this is my first “chocolate bond” which I’m deliciously excited about.
Harry Specters make handcrafted chocolates, while giving hope and confidence to young people with autism through employment and free work experience placements.
Mona Shah, the founder, loves and has been working with chocolate for the past 15 years following a successful first career in the NHS mental health arena. (Personally, I think that there’s an obvious link between chocolate and mental health but she doesn’t lead with that.) She and Shaz, her co-founder and husband, have a son with autism who is the inspiration for the company. As parents, they understand the fears and anxieties that most parents and carers of people on the autism spectrum face on a daily basis. The worst fears are related to the future prospects of their loved ones, their independence and ability to lead a meaningful life. So this is a chocolate story, an autism story, a love story (this wonderful couple and their love, and the love of their son.)
(Written by Suzanne Biegel, with great help from Matias Wibowo from ClearlySo) Images: