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    How to help coffee farm pickers family and kids education. Really Help....

    There are so many organizations in coffee industry that are supposed to help coffee farms in 3rd world countries. Organic, FairTrade, RainForest, Utz, FLO...etc But as many people knows, nothing works .... due to mainly the Greed of these companies and people.

    So, if someone asks me how we (as importers / retailer / roaster ...etc) can really help....

    If you are an importer of green beans, I strongly recommend you to buy your beans directly from small/medium size farms and if the beans are good, buy them every single year with better pricing than what the farms normally get in local market. Also, if possible, make some sort of agreement with the farm owner to pay more when the pickers & workers pick better beans and process them cleaner. By doing so, you will get better coffee and the workers will get paid more. or better yet, you can sponsor some farm workers and their children.

    for retailers / roasters..etc, if you really want to help the poor farm workers and their children, please sponsor some farm worker's children, so that they can get some proper education to better their lives. (if you do not know how to do this, please ask me. I will give you the information)

    Ensoluna S.A., all the profits that I make in Guatemala sales (at least my portion of profits), it is being donated to Caserio El Tigre school in Salcaja village. Sponsoring kids (if we do not sponsor them, they won't be able to attend the school every day) and supplying foods & medicines for the school.

    Below photo is the kids that we sponsor & some photos of El Tigre school. Our company sponsors about 10 kids, also provides food for entire school (98 kids). This is a public school in very poor area, but since this is a new school, they are not getting Guatemala Gov't support on lunch program. So, from this year, we decided to provide the foods for entire school. Also whenever I am in Guatemala, I try to take them out for a movie / Ice cream & lunch (these kids never been in a movie theater nor had a proper lunch at a restaurant. These things are very first time for them, believe it or not). Also in this trip, I have set up a scholarship program to sponsor a couple of kids until they graduate university.

    If you want to really help someone in coffee industry, rather than supporting a lot of useless organization, GET INVOLVED PERSONALLY.
    If you want to sponsor some kids in El Tigre school, please let me know. I can arrange everything for you.
    And when you decided to come and see the kids, school or take them out for the best time of the kids lives, I can also arrange everything for you.
    Meanwhile, you can learn about Coffee industry in Guatemala with us. We will be very glad to help as much as we can.

    thanks.
    PS: this is my 1000 posting, so I wanted to put something meaningful for Coffee industry.



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    This is a great 1000th posting, Alex.
    "There's coffee in that nebula."- Katherine Janeway

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    Congratulations on your 1,000th post Alex.

    Thanks for being such an active contributor to the Coffee Forums.

    You've helped open our eyes to all sorts of topics regarding the world of coffee. (the good, the bad, the unusual, and the funny).

    Many thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by PinkRose View Post
    Congratulations on your 1,000th post Alex.

    Thanks for being such an active contributor to the Coffee Forums.

    You've helped open our eyes to all sorts of topics regarding the world of coffee. (the good, the bad, the unusual, and the funny).

    Many thanks!
    Rose
    thank you, Rose. Actually, I made a lot of good coffee friends thru this forum. So, I should thank all of you. THANKS EVERYONE!

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    Ensoluna. You caught my attention when you were assisting another user by the name of JCP (Joe). You gave him very useful information to start off in the coffee industry (or not). I'm actually considering moving into the coffee sector, preferably starting to import green beans into NYC. My parents are Colombian and we have family who have farms, one of my business partners also has family with coffee farms. A key aspect of our mission statement is to include our donations to the farmers in Colombia. I have seen the corruption of companies and governments throughout the world who acquire all this money, but keep it for themselves. I thought about purchasing equipment, sending tools, and or simple things we take for granted here in the states to Colombia to help benefit their quality of life. But then I read this thread above, and it makes a lot of sense. Kids should always come first.

    I couldn't figure out how to begin a thread for some reason, but if you can assist me in any way, I would greatly appreciate it. Looking forward to visiting Colombia in the near future, I haven't been there in almost 30 years ;(

    Thanks again for the information you provide on this page, and keep up the great work!

    Steve

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    hello Steve,
    thanks for your post and thanks for kind words.
    what can I do for you? just let me know what kind of information you need.
    If I know, I will be very glad to help.
    thanks
    Alex from Ensoluna S.A.

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    I have some good news about Caserio El Tigre (in Salcaja city). This is a school (6 teachers and 100 kids in very poor coffee community area) my family and I sponsor. (I started to help this school right after the huge disappointment of Home - LanVwa) I chose a school close from my work. about 30 min driving from where I work in Quetzaltenango. so I can go and see them as often as I wanted.

    Since this is a new school (I think about 9 or 10 years old school), and there are 13 public schools that are older and bigger than this (El Tigre is the newest & smallest & poorest school public school in Salcaja), Guatemala Gov't does not give support if they do not have enough money to go around, biggest & oldest school get the first money and so on.

    So, the school has not received any lunch food money for the kids for past 2 years (80% of kids do not bring their lunch). So, from early this year, I have been buying 100 kids lunch food, monthly, rather than buying school supplies, sponsoring more kids... I thought that giving them food was more urgent and important than anything else.

    the good news is that finally, couple of month ago, the school received some partial money from Gov't, so that they were able to buy enough food for the rest of the year (until end Oct. their vacation start from end Oct to Mid Jan).

    So, last Wednesday, my kids and I went to school to check up on food supplies (that I bought and Gov't bought) just to make it sure that they will have enough. And then, to say "hello" to the kids that our family sponsor (photo #4).

    my daughter personally sponsor one kid, Yulisa. photo #5. (yes, Yulisa is small for 8 years old & my daughter is very tall for a Korean gal :+)

    Anyway, I am just very glad that little by little something good is working out for the school and for me.

    Photo #1 Korean lady, Esther Choi, is the wife of Pastor David Choi www.facebook.com/gmiguatemala/ who are missionaries. They just built their church less than a year ago (This Sunday will be their 1 year anniversary :+) And she gave me a ride to the school.

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    We (www.facebook.com/gmiguatemala/& Ensoluna SA) went to Caserio El Tigre school in Salcaja last Wednesday.
    This is one of the poorest school in this city and currently
    Ensoluna SA is supporting and sponsoring the school kids for past few years.

    But I have realized that kids need HELP with their studies. Some of the girls that we are sponsoring have been falling in their grades and not being able to catch up due to family situation. According to the agreement, if sponsored kid can not keep uup the grade, we are supposed to let her go and find another kid who is more willing to study and do better at school.

    But, I realized that it does not work that way. I just could let go of that girl, Yulisa who my daughter was sponsoring, so I decided to bring some help from the GMI church.

    So, we are trying to arrange an extra class within the school (Hoping that we will start from last day of August) to teach kids who need help in their studies with the help of GMI Guatemala. We hope that whomever needs extra help on their studies, we will love to have them in the class that Edin García Morales will be teaching. Not only my sponsored kids, but any kids can attend the extra study class. I am hoping that at least 20 to 30 kids will come to the class to study.

    I truly believe that education is the key to improve and better their lives.
    I took this photo. GMI church paster, David & Esther. And Edin is having a meeting with the school principal, Maria Jose. Edin works for Pastor David at the church. In this way, I can not only keep Yulisa, but also be able to help other kids.

    My sincere thanks to all the members in GMI Guatemala.



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