Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.
Timoteo is member of his local coffee cooperative. He harvests 2,000 lbs of coffee each year, but without access to markets or consumers, he has to sell to the local intermediary, who pays a paltry $1.20 per pound. With his $2,400 in earning, he finds it impossible to cover his costs and provide for his family of 7.
When his cooperative starts working with DLG and gains access to our markets, Timoteo’s coffee ends up in the hands of specialty roasters and consumers abroad. Timoteo is now able to earn $3.50 per pound, which gives him $7,000 to grow his coffee and support family. He can now send his daughters to school, provide for basic family needs, and continue to invest in his coffee production.
*A true story
Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.
• Sourcing from 5 cooperatives representing 350 total farmers, 1,300 indirect beneficiaries including family members.
• In 2015, sales of 65,000 lbs of coffee for over $240,000 in revenue
• In coffee sorting season, employment for over 500 women each harvest season.
• Due to income for local people, ripple effect economically, $3 in local spending.
• Each farmer on average 2 other jobs for people who they hire to harvest, sort.
Qualitatively: A palpable increase in motivation and sense of empowerment. At this year’s annual gathering of cooperative representatives, all spoke of their new-found hope for the future, and belief that the progress achieved thus far proves there are real possibilities for the future.
In the future we aim to continue expanding to provide more income to more farmers.
Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?
We believe that our model can be scaled up and are working toward significant growth to expand our impact.
We dream of involving cooperatives from all around Guatemala, and distributing coffee throughout the coffee-consuming world. We envision that in 5-10 years, we will be a multi-million dollar organization that provides income for thousands of farmers and tens of thousands of family members across Guatemala.
To do so, we are aggressively pursuing new market opportunities and developing our customer base, as we work with cooperatives to ensure production quality and quantity.