Started in 2001, the UUSC Coffee Project is a collaboration between Equal Exchange and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee to involve more Unitarians in supporting small farmers around the world.
For each pound of fairly traded coffee, chocolate, tea, and foods Unitarians purchase through the UUSC Coffee Project, 20 cents per pound goes to the UUSC's Small Farmer Fund. That Fund amounted to $14,309.28 in 2014 alone!
In 2014, UUSC Small Farmer Fund worked to assist Soilfarm Multi-Culture Group (SFMG), a grassroots organization in the Kakamega rain forest in Kenya. They are human rights defenders who have worked for decades to product the forest and its waters from mineral exploitation and commercial industrial agriculture. SFMG partners with UUSC on Hope In Crops, a community based, community led, community benefiting climate adaptation and mitigation program.
The Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) is an independent human-rights organization. Through its Economic Justice Program, UUSC embraces a vision of economic human rights, supporting workers’ right to organize and earn a living wage – including through strategies like fair trade. Along with its 40,000 members and supporters, UUSC recognizes that economic justice is essential for securing basic human rights, alleviating local and global poverty, and achieving a more peaceful and just world.
Equal Exchange is a Fair Trade organization that buys directly from small-scale farmer cooperatives, owned and run by the farmers themselves. Because our farmer partners are paid above market prices for their crops, they are able to make investments in community projects, educational programs, and technical trainings. These cooperative organizations also help keep rural communities healthy and strong, and keep local cultures vibrant. Equal Exchange is also committed to supporting sustainable farming methods that help green the earth through reforestation, natural resource conservation and organic practices.
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