Sips: Season of giving

by JulieCraves on December 7, 2010

In the past, I have provided some suggestions for holiday gifts — great coffee- or bird-related charities as well as more conventional gifts for sustainable-coffee lovers. Here are my 2010 suggestions, which focus on helping people in coffee-growing communities.

  • Sustainable Harvest International works in Belize, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama. Through projects with organic vegetable gardens, wood-conserving stoves, and biogas digesters, SHI works in rural communities to preserve tropical forests while overcoming poverty.  You can support their work by contributing through to SHI’s sustainable farming project, which funds the planting of shade agroforestry crops such as coffee and cacao. You can also donate directly through their web site to that project, or others including funding women’s loans and wood-conserving stoves.
  • Speaking of stoves, David Pohl of Equator Coffees recently wrote a great piece at Huffington Post outlining the huge problem in coffee-growing (and other rural) communities with primitive cooking methods that endanger health and the environment. This is a serious and widespread problem with straightforward solutions. One way to help is to donate to the Global Alliance for Clean Cookstoves.
  • Support organic farming — including coffee — in Chiapas, Mexico. This project is coordinated by International Development Exchange (IDEX), a grant-making non-profit that works with local organizations. You can donate via the Global Giving website.
  • Roots and Wings International funds educational programs for coffee-growing communities in Guatemala, Grounds for Health provides cervical cancer screening in coffee-growing communities, and Coffee Kids has a wealth of programs in coffee communities in Latin America supporting education, health awareness, microcredit and food security.

I also have links in the sidebar to two providers of Fair Trade, eco-friendly, artisan gifts: Global Exchange and Gifts With Humanity ( get 10% of your entire order with coupon code XMAS. Valid until Dec 24th 2009), as well as Nubius Organics, which has many eco-friendly gifts (including a remarkable selection of reusable lunch packaging solutions). Commissions support this site.

Peace this holiday season.

Revised on January 7, 2022

Posted in Coffee news and miscellany

Sustainable Harvest International December 10, 2010 at 1:54 pm

Thank you for including Sustainable Harvest International in your excellent list of holiday gift ideas! We hope your readers will consider giving a Gift of Hope this season. For this week only, every donation we receive online will be matched by our Board of Directors, up to $10,000, so this is a great chance to double the impact of your giving!

Vanina December 10, 2010 at 4:24 pm

Thank you so much for including Roots & Wings International in your fantastic list!

Anyone can help, and a little bit goes a long way to help create new doctors, engineers or other highly skilled professionals from the impoverished areas of rural Guatemala.

Your blog is so great! I’m adding it to my Google Reader.



JACraves December 10, 2010 at 8:55 pm

I’m happy to spread the word!

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