There are many ways to go “beyond fair trade” to help small scale farmers with very essential every day needs.
Some of the following projects are ones directly benefiting the communities highlighted in the film. Others are helping fair trade coffee farmers all over the world.
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Supporting sustainable community development in fair trade farming regions across the world. They have water projects in Chiapas, Mexico, education and school projects in Ethiopia, Olive tree projects in Palestine, a resilience project against coffee rust in Nicaragua, and women’s empowerment in DR Congo. They are also known for running ACROSS countries to raise awareness and funds for these projects.
Grow Ahead is pioneering farmer-friendly financing.
Here is how it works: Coffee producers receive loans directly through their organizations. Producer organizations pay an affordable interest rate, which is usually lower than what the local market has to offer. The interest paid will help Grow Ahead sustain and build the model. Consumers participate tangibly in the supply chain that brings them their coffee. Everyone benefits from full transparency.
Root Capital is a nonprofit social investment fund that grows rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places in Africa and Latin America by lending capital, delivering financial training, and strengthening market connections for small and growing agricultural businesses. They seek to maximize the positive social and environmental impact through this strategy: finance, advise, and catalyze.
Coffee Kids works with organizations in coffee-farming communities throughout Latin America to create projects in the areas of education, health care, economic diversification, food security and capacity building. These efforts allow coffee farmers to reduce their dependence on the volatile coffee market and confront their communities’ most pressing needs.
The Roya Recovery project is a community-based effort to respond to the crisis in coffee in an effective and efficient manner. The project brings producers a network of global organizations that can help their members access resources and learn from experts to they make informed decisions around Rust recovery and coffee crop renovation.
Creating sustainable and effective cervical cancer prevention and treatment programs in coffee-growing communities around the world, with the goal of decreasing the rate of cervical cancer.
CRS provides direct assistance to coffee farmers overseas and supports them by promoting fair trade here in the United States. We do this through the CRS Fair Trade Network – more than a dozen coffee partners who ensure their product agreements with disadvantaged farmers and workers uphold the standards of fair trade. We also provide technical and financial assistance to help farmers improve farming, harvesting, and processing techniques so they can meet the demands of the market.
Our Mission is to help poor rural coffee communities of Central and Latin America build schools within their communities, and assist in providing them with teachers and the basic tools needed to educate the future generations of coffee farmers.