DR Congo FUNDRAISER for International Institute of New England
FUNDRAISER coffee for the International Institute of New England. We are donating 50% of all sales of this coffee to the IINE! Our goal is to raise over $1000, the amount needed to welcome, resettle and support one refugee. 12oz bags only.
The Democratic Republic of Congo was caught up in the civil war between the Tutsis and Hutus primarily between 1996-2003. During that time, over 5 million people were killed. There continues to be uprisings, instability, destruction of property and persecution as different warring factions move in and out of power. The International Institute of New England welcomes, resettles and supports refugees from all over the world, with New Hampshire hosting many people fleeing for their lives from the DR Congo. We are partnering with IINE to raise enough money to sponsor at least one refugee during this fundraiser.
Interestingly, coffee is a bright, shining beacon of light in an otherwise bleak story. Coffee, grown mainly by women in small hillside plots of land, has brought stability, economic resources and a community. We purchased an amazing Fair Trade, Organic coffee that not only will help sponsor someone fleeing from atrocities, but also supports women who are investing in the land, education, and their children. We are very excited about the all-around positive benefits from this fundraiser. It encompasses our business philosophy.
Aroma: vanilla cream, lime zest
Taste: vanilla, peach, melon
Finish: lemonade, lingering
“We are over 5600 farmers from different ethnic groups in the Kivu Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, producing some of the finest coffee in Africa. After years of conflict and civil war, our Fairtrade-certified coffee promotes working together for a better future.
We live in a beautiful but very difficult place. Our small communities are remote, scattered amongst the highlands of the mountains surrounding Lake Kivu in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Our coffee grows at an altitude of 1460m to over 2000 metres above sea level.
We have lived through civil war and in great poverty for many years, but since forming our cooperative Sopacdi, despite our challenges, we also feel full of hope.For thefirst time we have good buyers for our coffee, who buy from us directly. Our homes are basic, without electricity, running water and other amenities. But our families are back together and we are re-building our communities.
Our headquarters are in the town of Minova, and we have just finished building the first coffee washing station the region for over 40 years.”
About Our Coffee
Certified organic coffee is produced according to sustainable practices, without the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides, or other harmful agrochemicals. In order for a coffee to be certified organic, the farm must undergo evaluation from an independent certifying agency. The U.S. has its own organic standards, requiring a roasting facility to be annually inspected and certified in order to be labeled ’organic.’
Fair Trade USA enables sustainable development and community empowerment by cultivating a more equitable global trade model that benefits farmers, workers, consumers, industry and the earth. We achieve our mission by certifying and promoting Fair Trade products.
A traditional farming method in which coffee trees are grown alongside other crops under a canopy of taller trees. The mixture of vegetation prevents erosion and protects the coffee from harsh weather. Shade grown farms also provide vital wildlife habitat.
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