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Kiva; August 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 $51.65 for Kiva. This has enabled us to help fund micro loans to another 2 people, helping a total of 11 people/groups in 8 different countries so far. Please read below for more info on the profiles of the people we support.

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva; Tupendane Kongowe Group from Tanzania

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva; Tupendane Kongowe Group from Tanzania

Fatuma, a mother of two daughters who are grown up, is in her late 40s. She is married.For 18 years now, she has had a cafeteria, serving food to people. She prepares varieties of foods that attract many people. She works from 5 a.m. to midnight. She is a hardworking woman. Fatuma is able to earn a fair monthly profit.
This is her 15th credit request from Tujijenge Tanzania. Fatuma is a long-time Tujijenge customer who repays her credits well. With her previous credits, she upgraded her premise with tables and chairs, plates, glasses, and cooking ingredients such as cooking oil, maize and baking flour, sugar, kilos of meat and fishes. Tujijenge is so happy to see Fatuma improve month after month, and this enabled her to receive some extra income that she used to cover family living costs and plow back into her cafeteria.
In the coming years, Fatuma would like to own a big hotel serving varieties of foods.With this credit request, she will buy cooking ingredients for her cafeteria. She will share this credit with her group, Tupendane Kongowe, totaling four members. The group members will hold each other accountable for paying back the loan.
Sponsored by Quest through Kiva; Belinda from Phillipines.

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva; Belinda from Phillipines.

According to Belinda, 48, she wants to live a peaceful life and see herself worthy in the sight of God. She tries to be honest in all undertakings, including the management of her business.Belinda runs a variety store in Davao City. Just like other business owners, she also experiences stiff competition and lack of capital. Besides, she has many debtors who just fled and left behind their debts. Sometimes her honesty and consideration for others doesn’t always come back to her. This faith-testing situation hampers the continuous operation of her business and consequently affects her income.
Now she is the one who needs additional capital of PhP 50,000, which she can use to buy added items to sell in her variety store.
Her profit can supplement her husband’s income and sustain their daily expenditures. They are both working hard to support their children, who are still studying in college. Later on she plans to add another business such as PISO Net (a coin-operated internet café) or a motorcycle for rent.She regularly meets with her co-fellowship members to share stories of her work every week and also to draw strength and inspiration from the Word of God.
*All CCT community partners/clients are organized into fellowship groups that meet on a weekly basis. A fellowship group is composed of 15 to 30 community partners. The fellowship groups gather each week to study the Word of God, build social capital, and pay microfinance loans.

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; July 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 $144.65 for Kiva. This has enabled us to help fund micro loans to another 6 people, helping a total of 9 so far. Please read below for more info on the profiles of the people we support.

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva; Liem's Group in Vietnam

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva; Liem’s Group in Vietnam

Liem was born in 1977 and joined M7-MFI’s forerunner program in January 1998. Her family consists of her husband, two sons and herself. They live in Mai Son district, Son La province.Her family cultivates 1.2 hectare of corn and 2000 square meters of rice. The income is just enough to cover the family’s living expenses and save a small amount of money. She has to spend money on her children’s education and her savings is not enough to buy corn for the next crop. She will work hard to get money to repay the loan  on time, and hopes that the loan will help her to buy good corn and then it will bring her family an abundant crop.
Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Jose Andres from Honduras

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Jose Andres from Honduras

José Andrés, age 39, grows organic coffee that he sells through COCAFCAL [a coffee cooperative]. José Andrés is married to Sandra, and they have four children who are completely dependent upon him. José Andrés dreams of giving his children the best that he can, and he wants all of them to have an education. José Andrés has been growing coffee for ten years, and it has become the foundation of his finances. “Coffee is the best that we can have in this area,” he says. Last year José Andrés lost one hectare of his coffee farm due to an attack of the ‘roya’ fungus. He wants to replant that land to begin the production again as soon as possible because it is his only source of income. José Andrés is now requesting a loan in order to be able to cover the expenses of replanting the land that was affected by the roya. He will use the loan to buy plants, organic fertilizer, organic supplies, and to pay the workers.
Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Pochol 1 D Group in Guatemala

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Pochol 1 D Group in Guatemala

Magdalena is a 46-year-old woman, is married and lives together with her two children, aged 19 and 24 years, in a community of Nahuala. Magdalena (the first on the left side of the photograph), with the desire to earn income and provide for her children, has made a living selling coffee for the last 12 years in a place called Pochol. In order to maintain several coffee plots that she has cultivated for some time, Magdalena needs a good quantity of money in order to be able to acquire her fertilizers and pay for labor. However, one of the difficulties that she has is that she does not have sufficient capital. For this reason, she organized a group of women so that together they can request a loan and invest the money according to their needs. Magdalena’s great dream is to set up a store selling groceries in her house in order to improve her income.
Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Judith in Kenya

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Judith in Kenya

Judith has a strong conviction in her mind that in order to succeed, she must work extra hard and always stay strong and positive in the face of any adversities that may arise. Judith is a 43-year-old farmer from Kibiricha village where she practices dairy farming. Judith and her husband are celebrating their 20th anniversary this year! The couple is blessed with 3 children.

Judith’s main source of income is milk. She co-owns a four acre land that they use to keep three dairy cows. Recently, one of her cows delivered a calf. Judith is afraid that the upcoming rainy season will be harsh on her calf who does not have a shelter. She is appealing to Kiva lenders to lend her a loan to construct shelter for her animals. Your investment will help Judith build a pen that will provide a comfortable and conducive environment for the proper development of her calf and that of future calves.

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Las Cumplidas Group from Bolivia

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Las Cumplidas Group from Bolivia

Yesica is a 19-year-old young woman, single, with no children, and her business is selling traditional drinks.

She is enterprising, happy, optimistic, cheerful, has a positive attitude, is responsible, and very hard-working. Her business is located in a sales stall outside her house, located in the southern area of the city, where the beaches of the Piraí River are located. There, are the huts that offer traditional food to eat such as majadito (dried meat), patasca (baked pig’s head), and locro (a mix of meats with corn), among others. The flavorful “horneaos” are also sold, ideal to accompany coffee in the afternoon. It has a warm sub-tropical climate with a constant temperature of approximately 30 degrees centigrade during the whole year.

Yesica’s native language is Quechua which she speaks in her family and she speaks Spanish due to the general culture and for the work she does (she is third from the left). She has her life in her parents’ house, who work in a business in the market. They live in a house they own, built of wood with a dirt floor which has drinking water, electricity and sewer service. Her desires to improve herself brought her to lead a bank of people with business such as tomato sales, sewing shop, second-hand clothing sales, woven products, fish sales, construction service, and making mattresses, to ask for a loan and improve their businesses. Her business is the sale of traditional drinks from the area such as mocochinchi (made with boiled dried peaches), chicha (prepared with a corn base), somó (similar to chicha but includes boiled corn), and more. “My business continues improving, the previous loan allowed me to start, now I need to improve…” she says. The advantage of her business is that it has regular customers. The disadvantage is the lack of money to improve the business. Her dream is to have a large food stand where she can offer a variety of traditional food and drinks. She wants to invest in the purchase of tables and chairs to be able to serve more customers. This is her 3rd loan cycle with the institution in the 6 years she has been doing this work.

For these reasons, Yesica asks for a loan to purchase tables and chairs to be able to serve a larger number of customers and improve her sales.

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Violetas Group from Bolivia

Sponsored by Quest through Kiva: Violetas Group from Bolivia

The communal bank “Violetas” will be starting its sixth term in Pro Mujer, part of the business center of Los Andes. It is comprised of nine members and run by a directors board where Flora is the Secretary. The members of the communal bank run a wide variety of businesses, selling everything from wool sweaters or shoes or jackets to fried snacks and other foods.

This loan will benefit all of the small business owners in Flora’s group. She herself has been a member of Pro Mujer for two years and joined at the invitation of a friend who was a client of the institution. She currently runs a business selling salchipapa, a typical snack of sausage and fried potatoes. She began this business on her own initiative.

She plans to use this loan to expand her capital through the wholesale purchase of potato and sausage, which she will get from the wholesale vendors in the city of El Alto. She will then use this material to make and sell salchipapa in her sales space. This work allows her to generate enough money to support her family economically, as she is single and has eight children.

When asked what she likes best about Pro Mujer, she said that she likes the health clinic and the training that the institution provides. (In the photo, Katty and Paola appear behind the woman in the hat.)

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.

Hessian Bag Ideas

What happens to the Hessian (Burlap) Coffee Bags that transport our amazing beans from locations all over the world?

Hessian Bag Seat Cover

Seat Cover

Well, we are big on doing our part for the environment and recycling where we can, so we on-sell these beautiful printed bags to our customers, with half of the proceeds supporting KIVA.

Hessian Bag Planter Pots

Planter Pots

The bags not only come with a history, but some of them have beautiful stamped lettering from the region that they came from.

There are many crafty ways to re-use burlap coffee bags, giving them a new life. A couple of  ideas that come to mind are curtains, tote bags, planter pots, seat covers, cushion covers, aprons, pencil roll, and many more.

We have shared a few photos in this post to help inspire you and there are many more creative ideas on our Pinterest page so make sure you pop on over and follow our boards for lots of inspiration.

Beautiful tote bag made from recycled hessian coffee bags for sale at quest coffee.com.au

Beautiful tote bag made from recycled hessian coffee bags.

You want to get started on a project right away?

Click here to see the different bags we have on offer online for you, or you are more than welcome to come into our James Street Cafe in Burleigh Heads (Gold Coast) and pick some from the stacks we have available. We are open daily from 6 am to 4pm and we do a pretty great coffee too.

Half of the proceeds of these bags are used to help KIVA. You can read all about the great work Kiva does in this blogpost.

And if you decide to make something, make sure to let us know. We love to see what people do with them and share ideas around.

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If you’re reading this, then you already know about our blog and perhaps we’re already so connected, we know what’s going on in each others worlds and our relationship is all next level. But if you’re here and it’s your first time checking us out online, we want to stay in touch and ‘connect’ with you over our common love of great coffee!

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