Your morning coffee tastes good – but does it also do good? It does, if it’s from the UUSC Coffee Project. Equal Exchange is a worker-owned, fair-trade food company with which UUSC collaborates – particularly through the UUSC Coffee Project – to support small farmers throughout the world. One of them is Don Mario Pérez – a farmer in Marcala, Honduras. He is a member of Café Orgánico Marcala (COMSA), a coffee farm cooperative which grows coffee sustainably in a way that benefits both workers and the environment.
Coffee Project purchases benefit Equal Exchange farmer partners like Don Mario – and 20 cents per pound also goes to the UUSC Small Farmers Fund. Through this fund, UUSC works with partners like Muungano, a grassroots organization on the Kenya-Uganda border that provides livelihood support for youth at risk of forced labor and trafficking. Muungano trains youth in planting organic traditional crops, cooking, and building sustainable businesses, in addition to educating communities about nutrition and the potential risks of genetically modified foods.
There is a key concept that ties all of these programs and organizations together – empowering communities to enact sustainable solutions to the challenges they face.
How can you help?
Visit Steve Marek’s table in the Parish Hall during coffee hour and take home some Fair Trade coffee.
Become a member of UUSC with your donation of $40 or more. Envelopes for your tax deductible contribution are available during coffee hour – or you can make a donation online here.