Last week, I had lunch with a friend of mine who owns his own business. We talked about a lot of things, but one of the things we talked about was how I’m working on the concept of using online sales to improve the lives of farmers, artists, artisans and others in the 3rd world and correspondingly help them afford to be able to keep their children as part of their family.
Like the tag-line on the blog says, “The Global Eradication of the Poverty Orphan Syndrome.”
I told him that we were selling some absolutely awesome Haitian coffee and that when the farmers sell their coffee to our organization in Haiti that ships it to the states, they get 5 to 6 times what they would get if they sold to one of the major coffee brands. Putting that in our numbers, if, by selling their coffee for $.50 a lb., they are making barely the “poverty level” of income, that’s the equivalent of someone making between $15,000 to $20,000 per year. If they are suddenly able to sell, let’s say, half of their coffee for $3 a lb., that’s the equivalent to them going from $20,000 per year to upwards of $60,000 per year in the United States.
Suddenly, they can afford to buy food. They can send their kids to school, they can take their kids to the doctor when they get sick, they can provide for their family.
As I was explaining this to him, he said, “I’ll take three bags and we’ll try it.”
I dropped 3 bags off at his office the next day.
Jump forward to last night, he and I were at a church gathering. He comes up to me and says, “Oh my goodness, that coffee is amazing! We’re going to see how long it takes for us to finish two bags and then I’ll place a standing order. My whole office loves it!”
Look back at the numbers in the third paragraph. What if the coffee farmers that we work with in Haiti were able to sell all of their coffee for $3 a lb.? What if we had to go out and look for more coffee farmers?
One cup of coffee at a time, you have the chance to change someone’s world. You have the chance to keep a family together. We’re selling some absolutely awesome coffee – and getting one step closer to eliminating the Poverty Orphan Syndrome.
So, go to http://thevulnerableproject.org/store/ and click on Haiti and then buy some excellent coffee. After you know how quickly your first order will run out, e-mail me and we’ll set up a recurring order so that you can always have “the good stuff” on hand.
And you can continue to change someone’s world, 1 Cup at a time.