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Help Lang Biang Coffee Village sustain themselves
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Help a poor vietnamese coffee village raise $10,000USD to purchase a Roaster. Training and Long Term contracts already secure, only need the Roaster. This will completely change the future of this village and allow them to be self-sustainable.
The History:
The farmers we work have been growing coffee for decades but have not found a way to sell to direct buyers. They have had to go through multiple middlemen channels whose main goal is to exploit them, thus leaving our farmers very disadvantaged. They are victims of predatory loan practices and therefore unable to sustain their plantations and their livelihood. Langbiang Coffee Village and coffee industry friends began to show producers methods of coffee processing beyond selling their fresh fruits, instead keeping their cherries and processing further into green beans. They can now add value to their products, keeping that profit inside the farms.
We needed to carefully deal with the loan sharks and free old loan shark contracts for each farmer (loan contracts can charge up to 900% interest).
We invested in land and equipment for processing, educated our farmers through the cooperative approach, motivated them to produce high quality products, found good buyers for the green beans, stored, packaged and delivered the products, and of course established trust and strong relationships with our buyers. We have known the community for more than five years. We started by helping them with rice, food, housing and medicines. We then discovered that coffee was the solution for this community. They are coffee growers, so why not sell their great coffee for a living?
The Initiative:
Two and a half years ago we started to plan the coffee project and last year was the first year of production. We produced nearly 5 tons of specialty green bean for the international and national market. We sold all the coffee with no trouble, and more was requested. Last year’s customers are coming back for more this year and replacing some of their Columbian coffee for Langbiang coffee. We have a cooperative of 8 families with 17 more families who want to join us if we can support them. The mountain is vast and has a lot of coffee, but our small team can only do so much because it takes a lot of work and investment
The Miracle Opportunity:
The Cooperative has come across an opportunity to secure a contract to provide, at a minimum, 3 tonnes of coffee to a Vietnamese hotel chain. This opportunity is a unique one, as it has come across their plate driven by an individual who is a global coffee expert and philanthropist. He would like to mentor, train, and upskill the village leaders to Roast their coffee to provide to this hotel chain. Basically, it's a unique convergence of opportunity, people, and situation where there is a chance to bring this Cooperative forward to a different, sustainable existence. While this single opportunity will enable them to change their entire outlook for the better, it also opens the door wide open for them to expand the market they can provide for.

The only barrier for them right now is the need to purchase a Roaster. To this end, they are looking to raise/secure $10,000USD to purchase and supply the Roaster, including housing and bagging supplies.

Contacts and FAQ:

Please feel free to email me (sandyluu2003@gmail.com) or post any questions to our facebook page.  I can also be contacted at +61 422 720 593.

Facebook: @langbiangcoop

instagram: langbiang_coffee_village

We would love to have you visit us!  We have focused on sustainable practices, and love to share our story.  Please contact me if you are interested in seeing more in person!

FAQ:

Where is the Roaster from?

The Roaster will be purchased from Vina Nha Trang Co. and all the subsequent support, maintenance agreements, repair and user manuals are also provided by Vina Nha Trang Co.

website: http://www.vinanhatrang.vn/en-Us/default.aspx

Who will conduct the training?

The Training will be conducted by Michael Gomez Wood of Filanthrope Inc.

Michael is a well respected Global export in the entire life cycle of coffee.  His website is: https://filanthrope.org/

Update:

Final Contract awaiting signing to commit to this!  we are ready to realize this - but we need help!

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