How does TPRN’s model work?
We combine the proven direct cash transfer model, with the democratic, development power of coffee cooperatives. This means we collect contributions from coffee lovers and social justice advocates like you, then we send them to coffee cooperatives (made up of hundreds of coffee farming families) in the developing world. The cooperatives then use the funds to enrich the lives of their members.
How is TPRN different from other nonprofits?
TPRN does not plan or execute projects in coffee communities; we believe coffee cooperatives are the best vehicles for change and know how best to support their members. At TPRN, our goal is to maximize the funding we can send to cooperatives. This means keeping our infrastructure very simple and our overhead as low as possible.
Yeah, but aren’t coffee farmers already paid for their coffee? Why do they need more money?
TPRN supports small-holder coffee farmers, farming families who often rely entirely on the income from coffee plants and other crops grow on just a few acres. For the majority of these small-holder coffee farmers, the income earned from their coffee is insufficient to help them break the cycle of poverty.
Additionally, coffee pricing is very volatile; when prices drop–or when there is a poor harvest–farming families are usually the ones who must bear the brunt of the short fall.
TPRN offers a new, direct way to support the farming families who produce the coffee we love!