How does TPRN’s model work?
We combine the 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 grown 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!
For more, read our blog on the subject.
How does TPRN decide which coffee farmers to support?
TPRN works closely with three such well-established coffee cooperatives in Guatemala, Colombia, and Peru. These amazing groups already use what limited resources they have to create infrastructure projects which enrich the lives of their members. However, with increased capitol they could accomplish even more. And together, we can make that happen!
Why don’t you just send money directly to individual coffee farmers?
We believe that by supporting coffee cooperatives, and by allowing them to determine how best to enrich the lives of their members, is the most effective and equitable way to help individual coffee farmers.
Fully-developed, well-governed coffee cooperatives distribute thousands of dollars in coffee revenue back to their geographically remote members each year. In addition to providing entry into international markets, co-ops also deliver countless development benefits to members, including access to healthcare, education and micro-loans.
How much of the proceeds do coffee farmers actually receive?
Our goal at TPRN is to be able to send each of our cooperative partners $2,500 in unrestricted funding each quarter.
Our goal is that generous contributions from our sustaining funding partners, will enable most if not all of your contribution to go directly to supporting our partner coffee farming cooperatives.
(Interested in becoming a sustaining partner? We’d love to have you! Click here to learn more.)
How exactly does the money reach the farmer co-ops?
Each quarter TPRN sends funds to our partner cooperatives via secured wire transfer. Each cooperative has a designated staff member who ensure funds are deposited into a secure account.
How does TPRN ensure funds are being used as intended?
A critical part of the direct giving model is that recipients have the freedom to use funds as they see fit. However, our partner cooperatives provide regular reports on use of funds, outcomes of the funded projects, and return on investment for the additional funding TPRN sends their way. TPRN only works with coffee cooperatives who are certified fair trade with FLO or SPP and who adhere to strict principles of financial accountability and transparency.
Does TPRN only work in Latin America?
Currently, TRPN works with three well-established coffee cooperatives in Guatemala, Colombia, and Peru. As we grow, we hope to work with qualified cooperatives across Latin America, Africa and Asia.
How can I support cooperatives through TPRN?
Make a contribution! The number one most coffee cooperatives need is additional capital. By contributing to these cooperatives through TPRN, you are creating incredible impacts.
IF I have an existing relationship with a coffee cooperative, can I support them through TPRN?
Unfortunately, at this time TPRN only supports three qualified cooperatives. However, we’d be excited to start a conversation about how we can support additional coops in the future.