Thanks to the support of private individuals, the coffee industry, and companies, we reached our goal of starting entrepreneurship programs for young people in three coffee-growing communities. Our Rural Business Workshops launched in Tanzania and Trifinio in early 2016 while the Colombia program started just this summer. Of course, none of this could have been accomplished without you!

This work is so vital–as you may know, we need to increase global food production by 60% by 2050 to feed a growing population, but the average age of farmers worldwide is nearly 60. In other words, fewer young people are becoming farmers at a time when we need them more than ever. The question of who will grow our food, and our coffee, is real and it is imminent.
Coffee Kids program areas
Coffee Kids answers this question by working directly with the next generation of coffee farmers. We engage with them, and with the industry, empowering young men and women with entrepreneurship skills, mentorship, and funding to start their own businesses. Our programs help young people create a secure, steady, and year-round source of income, allowing them to continue coffee farming in their communities.

Below you will find updates on our programs and see how your support is making an impact in the lives of young people around the world.

Young people in the border region of Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador face pervasive poverty and a lack of opportunities. For these young men and women, the chance to gain business skills to run better coffee farms and businesses is life changing. After an initial phase that included the training of 12 youth leaders, 150 young people participated in rural business workshops. Youth are now refining their business plans to augment their income from coffee, with ideas ranging from opening smoothie stands to starting chicken farms, for consideration for seed capital.

Read more about our programs in Trifinio >>

 

Enthusiastic about coffee growing as the path to prosperity, the young participants in our rural business workshops in Leguruki village have formalized their youth groups. With the support of their communities, 90 young men and women in the Mareu, Nkoasenga, and Mlolosi youth groups have started participating in our rural business workshops.

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Summer saw the launch of our Colombia Coffee Kids project in the Risaralda region. Coffee Kids is working with two established organizations with strong roots in the region to help young people who are eager to take advantage of the opportunity to gain the skills to modernize their approaches to business and coffee growing. An initial group of 30 young men and women is learning how to work and learn together as a team as the first step, and will then start business trainings in the coming weeks.