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rural business workshops
Coffee Kids creates economic opportunities for young farmers who want to continue farming coffee in their communities. Our Rural Business Workshops provide business skills, funding, and mentoring to empower them to turn coffee farming into a business that provides a good life for their families. With these tools, not only are young farmers optimizing their farms, they are starting side businesses that provide steady, year-round incomes.
The Tanzania Coffee Farmer Alliance (TCFA) is a farmer-owned organization based on the slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro in Moshi, the coffee capital of Tanzania. The organization represents about 10,000 smallholder coffee farmers and provides essential services such as market information, access to financial services, and technical assistance to improve the quality and quantity of their coffee harvest.
Youth in the Kilimanjaro region see potential in agribusiness and are exploring opportunities to make a living in coffee farming, instead of migrating from farms to cities. These youth believe that they will need to change how they farm to be successful.
Young farmers in the coffee-growing regions of Risaralda have had particularly difficult challenges with climate change. After prolonged rains five years ago during “La Niña,” the region has been hit by a severe “El Niño” drought.
UNIOCAFE (Honduras), APOLO (Guatemala) and El Tunel (El Salvador) are farmer associations based in in the Trifinio region, the border area between Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. The farmer organizations offer services such as marketing, input supply, and technical assistance to its members and act as facilitators for social initiatives in the region. Together, the associations represent close to 1000 farmers.
Young men and women in the coffee-growing regions of Trifinio feel deeply connected to their land and have expressed a desire to stay and farm coffee. They want to honor the coffee tradition of their families while also modernizing their practices.