Micah 6:8 tells us to “do justice, love kindness, and walk humbly with our God.” Seeing how much of our world’s population lives in poverty calls us to work for economic justice. But how?
Through the PRESBYTERIAN COFFEE PROJECT, our church, school or office can enjoy delicious coffee or tea while helping small-scale farmers in Latin America, Africa, Asia and the U.S. as they build a better future for themselves and their families. The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A) co-sponsors the project with Equal Exchange, a worker-owned co-op, founded in 1986 to create a new approach to trade, one that includes informed consumers, honest and fair trade relationships and cooperative principles.
So, why Fair Trade? Please note that is not FREE Trade, which is related to our government’s trade agreements with other countries. Coffee is a leading source of income for the Developing world. Fair trade ensures that more of the money we spend on coffee reaches the hardworking farmers who actually grow it because of the commitment to:
- always pay a fair price to the farmer, including a guaranteed minimum when prices are low, and above market premiums for quality and certified organic coffee;
- work directly with democratically run farming cooperatives-businesses that are owned and governed by and for the farmers, so that the benefits of trade actually reach the farmers and their communities;
- provide vital advance credit to farmers which is normally unavailable or offered at prohibitive rates. Credit provides income between harvests and helps farmers stay out of debt;
- encourage ecologically sustainable farming practices;
- develop long-term trade relations based on trust and respect.
With your support, these neighbors and communities around the world can invest in education, health care and agricultural improvements.
Thank you for your purchases of coffee and tea.