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Kiva: January 2017

Here is a quick monthly update on YOUR donations to our tip-jar. As always a BIG huge thanks to all those customers that give to our chosen charity and help us help those that really need it. Here are the stats since we started in May 2015, we have

RAISED US 3850

SPONSORED 149 PEOPLE

IN 70 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES

If you feel inspired to help Kiva yourself (and you really should) or want to see more of the work they do, make sure you check out our blogpost here to find out why we LOVE helping them or go straight to their website to get lending.  Every little contribution goes a very long way.

Thank you from us and KIVA!

Kiva; October update

Here is a quick monthly update on YOUR donations to our tip-jar. As always a BIG huge thanks to all those customers that give to our chosen charity and help us help those that really need it. Here are the stats since we started in May 2015, we have

RAISED US 2925

SPONSORED 112 PEOPLE

IN 64 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES

If you feel inspired to help Kiva yourself (and you really should) or want to see more of the work they do, make sure you check out our blogpost here to find out why we LOVE helping them or go straight to their website to get lending.  Every little contribution goes a very long way.

Thank you from us and KIVA!

Kiva; August Update

Here is a quick monthly update on YOUR donations to our tip-jar. As always a BIG huge thanks to all those customers that give to our chosen charity and help us help those that really need it. Here are the stats since we started in May 2015, we have

RAISED US2425

SPONSORED 92 PEOPLE

IN 64 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES

If you feel inspired to help Kiva yourself (and you really should) or want to see more of the work they do, make sure you check out our blogpost here to find out why we LOVE helping them or go straight to their website to get lending.  Every little contribution goes a very long way.

Thank you from us and KIVA!

Kiva and Quest; July update

Here is a quick monthly update on YOUR donations to our tip-jar. As always a BIG huge thanks to all those customers that give to our chosen charity and help us help those that really need it. Here are the stats since we started in May 2015, we have

RAISED US2150

SPONSORED 81 PEOPLE

IN 61 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES

If you feel inspired to help Kiva yourself (and you really should) or want to see more of the work they do, make sure you check out our blogpost here to find out why we LOVE helping them or go straight to their website to get lending.  Every little contribution goes a very long way.

Thank you from us and KIVA!

Kiva: June update

Kiva and Quest; our June update

We are constantly blown away by the difference we can make by collecting your tips and helping people in developing countries with micro-loans. So a BIG huge thanks to all those customers that give to our chosen charity and help us help those that really need it. Here are the stats since we started in May 2015, we have

RAISED US2025

SPONSORED 76 PEOPLE

IN 59 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES

If you feel inspired to help Kiva yourself (and you really should) or want to see more of the work they do, make sure you check out our blogpost here to find out why we LOVE helping them or go straight to their website to get lending.  Every little contribution goes a very long way.

Thank you from us and KIVA!

1 year Kiva: May update

If you follow our regular updates on Kiva you might have guessed we have been supporting Kiva for a little while, as a matter of fact this month we are celebrating our 1 year anniversary helping this fantastic organisation.

So here is a little summary; over the last 12 months we have, with your help, been able to:

RAISE US1900

SPONSOR 69 PEOPLE

IN 52 DIFFERENT COUNTRIES

 

If you feel inspired to help Kiva yourself (and you really should) or want to see more of the work they do, make sure you check out our blogpost here to find out why we LOVE helping them or go straight to their website to get lending.  Every little contribution goes a long way.

Thank you from us and KIVA!

Kiva: April update

Here is our monthly Kiva update for you! We are super proud to share with you that with your help, we have now lent a total of US $1600, helping a total of 59 people/groups in 48 different countries so far.

Please find below some pictures of the 7 very deserving people we sponsored this March for more information follow this link to KIVA.ORG

Kiva: Update for April 2016

If you feel inspired to help Kiva yourself (and you really should) or want to see more of the work they do, make sure you check out our blogpost here to find out why we LOVE helping them or go straight to their website to get lending.  Every little contribution goes a long way.

Thank you from us and KIVA!

Kiva; March update

Here is our monthly Kiva update for you! We are super proud to share with you that with your help, we have now lent a total of US $1350, helping a total of 49 people/groups in 41 different countries so far.

Please find below some pictures of the 5 very deserving people we sponsored this February for more information follow this link to KIVA.ORG

Kiva March 2016 Quest

 

If you feel inspired to help Kiva yourself (and you really should) or want to see more of the work they do, make sure you check out our blogpost here to find out why we LOVE helping them or go straight to their website to get lending.  Every little contribution goes a long way.

Thank you from us and KIVA!

Kiva; January update

Here is our monthly Kiva update for you! We are super proud to share with you that with your help, we have now lent a total of $975, helping a total of 34 people/groups in 26 different countries so far. Please have a look below to read a little more about all the people who received our support.

 

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Inezayawe Group from Rwanda.

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Inezayawe Group from Rwanda.

Beathe is a group leader, aged 28. She is married with two children, ages five and seven years old. The group is called Inezayawe, which translated into English means “goodness”. The group members sell different products and they wish to expand their businesses to change their lives for the better.

Beathe owns a shop and she has been running in a business for five years. With the loan, she would like to buy shoe polish, Colgate and candles for resale. The profits from the business will be used to pay for medical insurance.

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Victory Group from Ghana.

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Victory Group from Ghana.

This is the Victory Group, of five members, which are all connected to their field of business within the localities of Chorkor, in the Greater Accra region of Ghana.
Talaata is the group leader, who is an enterprising woman dedicated to commerce. Her main source of income is her business, which is the sale of charcoal. She works in her business by herself.
Talaata has had this business for 12 years. Her customers are mainly the neighbors in her community.
She is requesting the loan to buy more sacks of charcoal, to stock her store. Talaata dreams of expanding her business so it becomes the best-stocked store in the community.

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Shailesh from Suriname.

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Shailesh from Suriname.

Shailesh is 40 years old and lives with his wife and two children. He comes from a farming family and has learned rice cultivation. Previously, he helped his parents in their fields. Now, he works independently with small loans from MFI Seva. Those loans he has repaid fully. Shailesh plants hire plots and wants to save for his own plots. To do this, he has expanded his rice areas this season. To cover the cost of this expansion Shailesh needs a loan of SRD 7,500 for the purchase of fertilizers and pesticides.

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Benkadi No.li Group from Mali.

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Benkadi No.li Group from Mali.

Nouhoum is Malian and did not attend school. His hand is raised in the photo. He is a man of principle and takes his work seriously. He has always reimbursed the loans he borrows from RMCR. Aged 48, he is a married father of 11 children; one who is schooled and his wife is a housewife. Nouhoum raises sheep. He will purchase many rams with the loan from RMCR. He supplies himself in the surrounding fairs and resells his rams in town. He has been exercising his profession for more than 7 years. The estimated profit he earns per month is worth at least 20,000 FCA which enables him to provide certain needs to his family, among other things, food, his children’s school fees, their clothes and shoes. He is often faced with difficulties of poor sales and the expensive costs of transportation of rams but he usually organizes the trip with his local farmers to meet the challenges.

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Bendia 27 (2) Group from Burkina Faso.

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Bendia 27 (2) Group from Burkina Faso.

Bendia 27 (2) Group has just finished its first Kiva loan term. The reimbursement was made normally. Haoua, the featured member, thanks all the staff and lenders of Kiva for their support. With her share of the loan, Haoua was able to buy raw materials to make the soap she sells. She made a profit that permitted her to buy clothing for her children, make some other expenditures for the family, and especially to grow her business.
Haoua needs another loan to continue her business. After her sales, her profit will permit her to continue her activity.

 

If you feel inspired to help Kiva yourself or want to see more of the work they do, make sure you check out our blogpost here to find out why we LOVE helping them or go straight to their website to get lending.  Every little contribution goes a long way.

Thank you from us and KIVA!

 

Kiva; December update

Here is our monthly Kiva update for you! We are super proud to share with you that with your help, we have now lent a total of $850, helping a total of 29 people/groups in 22 different countries so far. Please have a look below to read a little more about all the people who received our support.

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Nuevo Renacer De Los Angeles (Portoviejo) Group from Ecuador.

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Nuevo Renacer De Los Angeles (Portoviejo) Group from Ecuador.

In the area known as Los Ángeles in the city of Portoviejo the members of the Grupo De Crédito Nuevo Renacer de Los Ángeles (Credit Group New Awakening of Los Ángeles) meet every five days. This group consists of 11 women who, with the help of the loans, are going to improve their lives. They´re following various businesses with the aim to be helpful for the society and their families, who are the most important thing for them.
One of the members of this group is Hilda. She is 20 years old and is living in a free relationship. From this partnership she has a 17-month-old son.
Her partner is a security guard.
Hilda is a young woman and a fighter. She likes working to earn her own funds for improving her living quality. That´s why she is running a small shop in her house for three years now, where she is selling basic food supplies. With the help of the loans she hopes to buy a greater variety of products and to expand her business little by little. In her shop she is also selling clothing of all kinds and on certain days she is going out to sell from door to door.
This way she manages to have some extra earnings which she always invests in her home and her baby who needs many things.
She will use this loan to buy food and clothing for her sales. This is her first cycle in the Credit Group and she hopes that she will recieve the help of the loans for a long time. She dreams of improving her business and give the best to her family.
The small foto shows a member who could not be present when the foto of the group was taken.

 

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Bronce Group from Nicaragua.

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Bronce Group from Nicaragua.

The three members of our community bank, a man and two women–José Santana, Neysi and Marlene–live in the city of Bilwi. They started their group 8 months ago to access credit from Pana Pana for supporting their small businesses. They hope this means of borrowing will increase their incomes and, in turn, help them to better support their families. They call their group BRONCE [“Bronze”] because bronze is a precious metal and, like them, solid and strong.

Our member, Marlene, 36, is married and has two children. She started her own grocery because she wanted an income of her own. Thanks to a Kiva loan, managed by PANA PANA, she was able to add meat sales to her grocery. She is applying for a new loan that she will use to stock her meat & grocery business with the merchandise that she needs to carry on the business. For the future, she hopes to add hardware sales.

 

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: El Arroyo Group from Mexico.

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: El Arroyo Group from Mexico.

Ma Teresa is a woman with a great sense of humor. She never misses an opportunity to joke with people and help create a climate of confidence. She works planting corn and breeding lambs, both of which are common trades in the community in which she lives. In this season, the houses are surrounded by stalks and cobs. People are preparing for the harvest that will begin in November. “To work in the cornfield isn’t easy,” Ma Teresa says. Fortunately she has had her own land for 4 years, in contrast to many others who have to rent parcels to sow. The corn Ma Teresa harvests she uses principally to feed her family, but there is always a small portion left over that she can sell to earn a little extra.

Her primary job is breeding lambs. This allows her to help her husband with the household expenses. Delfino, her husband, works in construction in the capital. They only see each other on the weekends when he returns to their community. During the week, Ma Teresa takes care of the animals, the parcel of land, and their 4 children. Thanks to the loans of VFMéxico that she received 2 years ago and to her great effort, she has managed to make some renovations to her home, and can buy clothes and shoes for her little ones with greater ease. She will use the new loan to invest on buying some lambs and food. Nevertheless, there is still much to do, and she dreams of learning to cut hair and open a salon in the future. The other members of the group are Lourdes and Mauricio who invest in bulls, Juana who invests in a store, and Clara and María de Luz who invest in lambs.

*The photo was taken in the central plaza of the town where the members live. Ma Teresa is wearing a purple blouse and a green shawl. She is holding the hand of one of her children.

 

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Manguiline Santhiaba Group from Senegal.

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Manguiline Santhiaba Group from Senegal.

This group is made of two women who are very dynamic. They are trained in the business field, and have always fully repaid their loans. Ms. Adja Oumou, who is standing at the right of the photo raising her hand is the group representative. She is a widow, 62 years old, and the mother of six children, four of which are girls.

She has been in the business of making palm leaf oil, lemons, and brooms for several years now. She is an exemplary woman at the banc villageois. The earnings that she makes will be used to take care of her family.

If you feel inspired to help Kiva yourself or want to see more of the work they do, make sure you check out our blogpost here to find out why we LOVE helping them or go straight to their website to get lending.  Every little contribution goes a long way.

Thank you from us and KIVA!

 

 

 

Kiva; November update

Here is our monthly Kiva update for you! We are super proud to share with you that this month, with your help, we have raised $155.10 for Kiva (just this month). This has enabled us to help fund micro loans to help 2 schools this month, helping a total of 25 people/groups in 19 different countries so far.

We chose to support 2 schools in Uganda wanting to provide clean drinking water for their students this month. Please read a little more about these very worthy loans below.

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva; Rakai Ptc School in Uganda

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva; Rakai Ptc School in Uganda

This is Patrick. He is the Administrator of Rakai PTC School, a mixed school in the Rural area of Rakai with 300 students. Rakai PTC School has requested a loan to cover the cost of installing and maintaining a UV water filtration system to provide clean drinking water for its students. The school does not currently have access to consistent clean drinking water and therefore has to spend a considerable portion of its budget on firewood, which is used to boil water for the children.

Installing a water filtration system will therefore save the school money in the long-term as the cost of firewood will be reduced. The loan will enable the school to purchase a UV water treatment system with a 450 litre tank, which will be big enough to store clean drinking water for the students every day.

Rakai PTC School will repay their loan from their school fees, which they collect each term. Patrick ultimately hopes that having access to safe drinking water will improve his student’s concentration and attendance by reducing the number of children that fall sick from water-borne diseases as well as increase the number of students coming to the school.

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Teso College School in Uganda

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Teso College School in Uganda

Greetings from Uganda! This is Sylvester. He is an Administrator of Teso College School, a boys school in the rural area of Soroti with 2000 students.

Teso College School has requested a loan to cover the cost of installing and maintaining two UV water filtration systems to provide clean drinking water for its students. The school does not currently have access to consistent clean drinking water and therefore has to spend a considerable portion of its budget on firewood, which is used to boil water for the children. Installing a water filtration system will therefore save the school money in the long-term as the cost of firewood will be reduced. The loan will enable the school to purchase two UV water treatment systems with 450 litre & 1000 litre tanks, which will be big enough to store clean drinking water for the students every day.

Teso College School will repay their loan from their school fees, which they collect each term. Sylvester ultimately hopes that having access to safe drinking water will improve his students’ concentration and attendance by reducing the number of children that fall sick from water-borne diseases. This will also help increase the number of students coming to the school.

 

If you feel inspired to help Kiva yourself or want to see more of the work they do, make sure you check out our blogpost here to find out why we LOVE helping them or go straight to their website to get lending.  Every little contribution goes a long way.

Thank you from us and KIVA!

Kiva; October update

Here is our monthly Kiva update for you! We are super proud to share with you that this month, with your help, we have raised $150.65 for Kiva (this month). This has enabled us to help fund micro loans to another 8 people, helping a total of 23 people/groups in 18 different countries so far. Please click on the pics below to take you straight to their profile and learn more about the wonderful work Kiva does.

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Tuliza Group from Congo.

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Tuliza Group from Congo.

 

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: La Esperanza Group from Paraguay.

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: La Esperanza Group from Paraguay.

 

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Milena from Timor-Leste.

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Milena from Timor-Leste.

 

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Asotasi from Samoa.

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Asotasi from Samoa.

 

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: La Manzanita Group from Nicaragua.

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: La Manzanita Group from Nicaragua.

 

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Maria Norelly from Colombia.

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Maria Norelly from Colombia.

 

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Leila from Lebanon.

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Leila from Lebanon.

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Maria De La Cruz from El Salvador.

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Maria De La Cruz from El Salvador.

Thank you from us and KIVA!

If you feel inspired to help Kiva yourself or want to see more of the work they do, make sure you check out our blogpost here to find out why we LOVE helping them or go straight to their website to get lending.  Every little contribution goes a long way.

Kiva: September Update

Here is our monthly Kiva update for you! We are super proud to share with you that this month, with your help, we have raised $136.75 for Kiva (this month). This has enabled us to help fund micro loans to another 4 people, helping a total of 15 people/groups in 10 different countries so far. Please read below for more info on the profiles of the people we support.

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Kenyera Group from Burundi

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Kenyera Group from Burundi

Concilie is part of the group Kenyera and lives in Gitega. She is 53 years old and married to Joseph, a merchant. Together they have two children, 8 and 25 years old, both students. She has a student granddaughter in her care.
Concilie has been doing commerce in bananas for twenty years.

She is on her 2nd loan at Turame. With the KIVA loan she is obtaining, she is going to increase her capital and purchase a large amount of bananas to resell, so as to earn more.
In the coming years, she would like to raise livestock in addition to her business and to see her children educated.

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Kora Cb Group from Rwanda

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Kora Cb Group from Rwanda

Clemantine is a group leader; aged 40 years. She is married with 4 children aged between 8 and 14 years. The group is called KORA means “WORK” in English. They sell different products and they wish to expand their business for changing their better future.
Clemantine sells foodstuffs and has been running a business for 4 years. With the loan, she would like to buy more cassava, beans and sorghum for sale. The profits from the business will be used to pay school fees of her children and to buy a piece of land.
Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Santos Isabel from Peru

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Santos Isabel from Peru

Santos is 41 years old and lives with his spouse and children in their own home build of rustic materials in the Sondor community of the Pomahuaca district. This is located in the Jaén province, Cajamarca region in the northern mountains of Perú. Life in the district is quiet and the residents work mainly in agriculture, trade and cattle raising.

Santos works in agriculture, specifically growing coffee. He has 12 years of experience in this trade and has very good personal and business references in the area. He will use the loan he will receive to purchase organic and chemical fertilizers to properly maintain his coffee plantation. He will also hire labor to help with the harvest season. This way, Santos hopes to offer a better quality coffee to his clients. This will have a positive impact on the income he receives and therefore will improve the quality of life for him and his family.

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Juan From Cusco Peru

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Juan From Cusco Peru

Juan continues to manage his business of selling vegetables. Through this business, he is able to help his family get ahead. His dream is to expand his business of selling vegetables. Juan is requesting a loan in order to buy tomatoes, carrots, onions, and squash. He is pleased with the loan and promises to complete his payments.

Thank you from us and KIVA!

If you feel inspired to help Kiva yourself or want to see more of the work they do, make sure you check out our blogpost here to find out why we LOVE helping them or go straight to their website to get lending.  Every little contribution goes a long way.

Fairtrade vs Rainforest Alliance; what’s the deal?

We all like to do our part where we can and when it comes to coffee, we often find ourselves looking for Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, organic, guilt-free coffee.

But do we really know what those fancy labels and certifications actually mean?

Much of our coffee is from places all around the world where the environment is endangered and workers earn only a few dollars for a gruesome day’s work. Coffee farmers have helped cut down tropical forests, and most of them use an abundance of pesticides. Not to mention, child labour is used far more frequently than you can imagine.

Finding coffee beans with labels promising social and environmental improvements is not difficult, especially in a city like ours where niche cafes are as common as a girls in bikinis.

So what is the best option; Fairtrade or Rainforest Alliance Certified?

Fair Trade vs Rainforest Alliance Certified

Fairtrade pushes for better wages, working conditions, local sustainability and FAIR terms of trade for farmers and workers in developing nations.

Rainforest Alliance works towards conserving biodiversity and ensuring sustainable livelihoods by transforming land-use practices, business practices, and consumer behaviour.

Both seem pretty decent, right? Let’s learn a bit more.

Fairtrade

Fair Trade Logo

Fairtrade is a worldwide organisation that aims to ensure that those who are creating the product are paid a fair wage for the work that they accomplish. Around 6 million people in developing countries benefit from the Fairtrade system. It  provides them with a fair practice for the product that they sell and also provides for investment in their local community. One more thing: Fairtrade prohibits child labour – yay!

When the product reaches the consumer – or in our case, when we buy our green beans – it is understood that there is a minimum price for each item. Goods can be sold for more depending on quality and demand, but never, ever for less.

However, there is some criticism. Some believe it creates a quality problem, where even poor quality products are still sold, because that minimum price must always be reached. Others say that because there are such strict pre-requisites, that it is restrictive of which producers are able to enter.

When it’s all said and done though, Fairtrade is still seen to be one of the most ethical trade systems available to the consumer.

Rainforest Alliance Certified

This coffee is rainforest alliance certified, Quest Coffee Roasters Queensland Gold Coast.Rainforest Alliance is more focused on the environment. It has five areas of focus: keep the forests standing, curb climate change, protect the wildlife, alleviate poverty, and transform business practices. As you can see, the focus here is very much so environmental, with only some of the focus given to the production of goods.

In regards to alleviating poverty, Rainforest Alliance claim the “Rainforest Alliance Certified” seal allows farmers’ products to reach new markets, negotiate better prices, and lift themselves and their communities out of poverty through investing the profit into their own community. Being part of a Rainforest Alliance Certified farm also means that employees receive decent wages (the minimum being $2 a day), respectable housing and healthcare and their children having access to education.

Like Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance does have some criticisms too. It has been dubbed as ‘Fairtrade lite’, allowing companies to be seen as doing something ethical, but at a cheaper price. The Rainforest Alliance Certificate also doesn’t provide a minimum price for goods, meaning that those who are involved are exposed to the fluctuations of the market. The minimum price for employees is also seen as being set too low. Finally, for things such as coffee, the Rainforest Alliance seal is used on products that use as little as 30% certified beans… this means up to 70% of that coffee does not necessarily meet their standards.

So what do I choose?

Personally, I don’t think one is significantly better than the other. Like everything, there are negative aspects. In this situation, Fairtrade has a lack of focus on the environment and quality control, while Rainforest Alliance maybe cares too much about the environment and not enough about its workers. However, products by both are good; great, even. Both are working towards a better world; a more sustainable world where the children and grandchildren of the workers are given much better starts in life.

Come in and have a look at the single origins we offer at Quest Coffee Roasters – some of which are Fairtrade, and some are Rainforest Alliance Certified. Being a coffee roaster where we import our own green beans, we take great time and care in which coffee plantations our products come from.

We all know coffee is a luxury, but appreciating the work that goes into each cup makes it even more special. By enjoying a Fairtrade single origin, you are helping a farmer make a living so that his family can be supported. Or by enjoying a single origin approved by the Rainforest Alliance, you are creating a more sustainable environment for the future generations. Both, in my mind, are equally important.

For more information on how we, at Quest Coffee Roasters, help our friends all over the world, have a read of our other blog articles, or come in and chat with us over a beautiful cup of coffee.

Written by Kristen Bohlsen.VARGINHA, BRAZIL:  (FILE) A rural worker selects arabic coffee beans, 23 Septembre 2004 at a farm near Varginha, in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil. The 20% drop in the price of coffee in less than a month and the possibility of the United States rejoining the Coffee International Organization has shaken hardly the coffe market in the first days of July 2004. According to analysts, the drop of prices was mainly caused by the lack of frost in Brazil, the world's main coffee bean producer, which every year destroys much of the harvest.     AFP PHOTO/Mauricio LIMA  (Photo credit should read MAURICIO LIMA/AFP/Getty Images)

Kiva; June update

Here is our monthly Kiva update for you! We are super proud to share with you that this month, with your help, we have raised $125.20 for Kiva. This has enabled us to help fund micro loans to the 3 people below.

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Roselyn from the Philippines – needs feed and supplies for her livestock

Roselyn is 46 years old and has six children. She is married, and one of her children is in school.

Roselyn is in the agricultural business, raising livestock in the Philippines. She requested a PHP 25,000 loan through NWTF in order to buy feed and other supplies to raise her livestock.

Roselyn has been raising livestock for twenty years now, and has borrowed four times in the past from NWTF to sustain her business.

In the future, Roselyn would like to save enough money to expand her business.

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Elmer from Peru – needs to buy plant food and fertiliser for his crops plus pay for labour costs during the harvest

Elmer, aged 29, lives with his wife and his young son in his own home in the Cañaris district, a farming and livestock community located in the Ferreñafe province of the Lambayeque region on Peru’s northern coast.

He has been growing coffee for the last 10 years, and has regular clients who have given him good personal and professional references. The loan will be used to buy plant food and fertiliser for his crops, and to pay for labour during the harvest, which he hopes will allow him to offer his clients a better product, increasing his earnings so that he can improve his family’s quality of life.

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Mango Group 3 from Guatemala – need money to expand the stores and continue to fatten and sell pigs

Rosa began working with her father at the age of 6 years.  She worked in the fields using a machete. Rosa worked harvesting cardamom and coffee but the work was too hard.  She was one of 11 siblings – 6 boys and 5 girls – she said she does not remember her father.

Rosa has been using the credit from Kiva Partner Asociación Chajulense de Mujeres – Unidas por la Vida for two years, and is getting now her third credit.  She used her first credit to initiate a store for selling vegetables.  She also invested in pigs and fattened them up.

With her second credit she began selling other products in her store and continued buying and fattening pigs.  Now, with her third one, she will use her credit to expand her store and use part of the credit to continue fattening and selling pigs.

Rosa considers that the financial help that she obtains from Kiva and the Association of Women United for Life has given her the opportunity to contribute, with her husband, to achieve better health, feeding and education for their children.

Rosa is the leader of Mango Group 3 (Mango Fruit).  The group is formed by 9 women – average age is 38 years and in average they have 4 children.  The average amount of the group loan is Q 3,289. The group will invest their credit to expand their stores that sells vegetables, staple goods, or chicken meat.

Thank you from us and Kiva!

If you feel inspired to help Kiva yourself or want to see more of the work they do, make sure you check out our blogpost here to find out why we LOVE helping them or go straight to their website to get lending.  Every little contribution goes a long way.

Quest Coffee Roasters and Kiva

KIVA - Buy Learn Feel Good

KIVA – Buy Learn Feel Good

At Quest we like to help out where we can so when our lovely customer Lauren gave us the idea to have a look at the work that Kiva does, we jumped right in! Instead of receiving “tips”, we have a collection jar in our cafe as well as donating 50% off the profits off every hessian coffee bag sold to this, this enables us to help support this incredible movement.

What exactly is Kiva?

Kiva are a non-profit organization with a mission to connect people through lending to alleviate poverty. Leveraging the internet and a worldwide network of microfinance institutions, Kiva lets individuals lend as little as $25 to help create opportunity around the world.

Kiva envisions a world where all people – even in the most remote areas of the globe – hold the power to create opportunity for themselves and others.

They believe providing safe, affordable access to capital to those in need helps people create better lives for themselves and their families. Here is a little video that explains why we feel this is a great organisation.

How does it work?

Making a loan on Kiva is so simple that you may not realize how much work goes on behind the scenes.

Kiva works with microfinance institutions on five continents to provide loans to people without access to traditional banking systems. One hundred percent of the loan is sent to these microfinance institutions, which are called Field Partners, who administer the loans in the field.

Kiva relies on a world wide network of over 450 volunteers who work with their Field Partners, edit and translate borrower stories, and ensure the smooth operation of countless other Kiva programs.

See below how the entire process works. It’s pretty cool! (Obviously we all know that coffee beans don’t need ploughing so just substitute coffee for corn in this videa HAHA)

 

How is Kiva funded?

100% of every dollar loaned to Kiva goes directly towards funding loans; Kiva does not take a cut. Furthermore, Kiva does not charge interest to their Field Partners who administer the loans.

Kiva is primarily funded through the support of lenders making optional donations. They also raise funds through grants, corporate sponsors, and foundations.

The work that Kiva does has touched the lives of so many people. Here is a link to their website if you would like to see more information or would like to support them directly.

We will have monthly blogposts to keep you up to date with projects we are supporting and how much money we have raised so make sure you check back here every now and then.