Cafe de la Selva is a small chain of coffee shops that sells organic coffee grown by indigenous communities from Chiapas.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
The chain is the result of the collaboration of the Union de Ejidos de la Selva, a peasant organization, and the Vinculo y Dessarrollo civil association. Together these organizations have developed five successful coffee shops in Mexico City and have worked to develop the reputation of Café de la Selva among urban consumers. With over 20 years of experience, the Union collaborates with 1,250 families in 42 communities to ensure the adoption of better soil management and environmental practices.
How will this project solve this problem?
By controlling the entire vertical chain of coffee production, the Union is able to improve indigenous farmer income and self-sufficiency.
Potential Long Term Impact
Certified organic techniques allow farmers to control erosion, limit pollution, create a healthy environment for other species, and produce coffee that meets the demands of discriminating consumers.
Total Funding Received to Date: $96
Funding Policy: subsidized/guaranteed
This project is now in implementation and no longer available for funding. Received funds will be used to accomplish concrete objectives as indicated in the project's "Activities" section. Updates will be posted under the "Project Report" tab as they become available.
Donors' contributions and pledges to this project totaled $96 as of Jun 9, 2004. The original project funding goal was $33,000.