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Promoting Organic Coffee in Mexico



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.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $96

Funding Policy: subsidized/guaranteed

Funding Information

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.

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a Microsoft Word file (projdoc.doc).



Thanks to 4 donors like you, a total of $96 was raised for this project on GlobalGiving. Combined with other sources of funding, this project raised enough money to fund the outlined activities and is no longer accepting donations.

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