Coffee Kids uses entrepreneurship training, mentorship, and seed capital to help young farmers see themselves as entrepreneurs, develop the skills to launch their own businesses, and connect to the global coffee industry.

 Enterpreneurship Training 

Through rural business workshops, Coffee Kids helps young farmers realize their full potential as part of the global coffee community. The trainings provide space where young men and women learn how to apply their creativity and ideas to develop productive enterprises in coffee within their communities. Topics include a broad business focus, such as managing the financial side of the operation, to coffee-specific, such as how to implement techniques that increase yield and bean quality.

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In some communities, we are linking young coffee farmers to successful local and international coffee entrepreneurs. Through mentoring and the sharing of experiences, we are leveling the playing field between coffee producers and the rest of the supply chain, exposing young farmers to the breadth of opportunities that exist within the sector and helping them understand how to reach those positions. The exchange increases farmers’ understanding of different players in the supply chain, helps professionals understand how new dynamics within the industry are playing out on-the-ground, and develops a shared commitment to protecting the future of coffee.

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 Seed Capital 

By providing a seed capital fund over which young farmers are given collaborative decision making power, Coffee Kids simultaneously helps get community businesses off the ground and gives young farmers experience in making financial decisions. The rotating fund is replenished as businesses grow and thrive, giving young farmers a sense of how thriving businesses can lift up the entire community.

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Join the Coffee Kids Supporters Circle to awaken the entrepreneurial spirit in each of these young people and ensure the future of coffee

Are you a coffee shop, roaster, or other coffee-related company that wants to contribute to sustainability, but don’t know where to start? Joining the Coffee Kids Supporter Circle is a simple and cost-effective way to join your peers in protecting the future of our industry. By making a one-time or monthly donation, we can protect the future of coffee and create a better life for young farmers.

Helping farmers establish economic independence is at the heart of what Coffee Kids does. Our rural business workshop trainings are a critical part of this, preparing young farmers to play a larger role in growing and selling coffee and to keep a larger portion of profits in their communities. For $10 you can sponsor one hour of training for a young farmer in Tanzania, Central America, or Colombia. Read more about the role of training in the Coffee Kids approach