Coffee is the largest agricultural commodity in international trade. Annually, the global coffee industry earns $60 billion. Coffee laborers often earn 4cents a pound for the coffee they pick by hand. Most of the worlds coffee is grown by small-scale, coffee-farming families. Around the world, 25 million families work in the coffee fields and are dependent on coffee as their sole source of income. Everyday these families struggle to survive. They confront chronic malnutrition, poor sanitation, illness due to preventable diseases, and little or no access the health care or education.
Families cannot rely on a single crop to provide for their basic needs.
What we do…
Help coffee-farming families alleviate their dependency on coffee through projects in economic diversification and microcredit, health awareness, education, and food security.Facilitate forums where local community groups identify challenges and implement their own long-term sustainable solutions. Educate coffee consumers and businesses about prevailing conditions in coffee-growing communities and invite them to help.
We beleive that people hold the solutions to their own challenges. We listen to and support coffee-farming communities as they determine their most pressing needs and develop solutions. We create partnerships with non profit organizations in coffee-growing regions that work directly within communities. These partners provide technical resources, training, and follow-through to communities to implement grass roots projects. We facilitate learning exchanges between partner organizations to help them find solutions to similar challenges.