Its CAFE Livelihoods Program empowers people in El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Nicaragua to own and operate their own coffee businesses through training workshops and ongoing guidance and support. The company regularly donates coffee to the local Community Cycles program , a project run by cycling enthusiasts from across the Boulder region who help other cyclists with repairs, maintenance, and refurbishment of old and used bicycles. Conscious Coffees’ team of coffee experts offer technical advice and support to growers and farmers as part of the USAID-funded Farmer-to-Farmer initiative , which helps coffee growers across South America learn new techniques that can help them maximize yields and engage in fair-trade economic practices with North American suppliers.
Agree with World Citizen. Where are your values Kerry? People pay for cheap prices through corporations paying their workers peanuts … then low paid workers complain that they need to shop at cheap places because they don’t earn enough to live. What kind of society do you want your child to grow up in? When Zellers closed down in my area and Target took over, the workers at Target were paid less than Zellers and they lost benefits. I’m on a very low income too but I shop at local farmers markets, second hand stores and am really conscious about where I spend my money so that as much as possible it stays in the community supporting local people – not large corporations with dismal records on workers conditions, rights and the environment (mother nature also pays a price for cheap stuff). How you spend your money says a lot about your values and what kind of society you want to live in – what are your values Kerry?