One Coffee Farmer's Story of Hope

Most people who drink coffee don’t understand the struggle that many coffee farmers face. Here in Myanmar, there are too many stories of exploitation, tragedy, and waste. But I want to tell you a story of hope and triumph.
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Coffee is a Comin'

We have some exciting news to share.

On Sept 7, the same day Myanmar declared a state of civil war, Isaiah and his coffee production team got this year’s harvest of green coffee onto a ship heading for Vancouver.

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The Bridge That Coffee Built

The problem was access.

The villagers who lived on the mountain could only access the closest town, and the closest hospital, by travelling through the rice fields at the bottom of the mountain. The existing road was made of dirt and was best negotiated by two-wheelers, which made it difficult to transport anything, whether people, produce or supplies.

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Coffee Mountain Gets A Nurse

My name is Zar Zar. My dream of becoming a certified nurse has just become reality.

I was beyond excited, when I was told I would be sent to nursing school and financially supported by the Lighthouse Coffee Community Development Fund. 
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Why It Matters

“But then you paid us cash immediately upon receiving the cherries. I was shocked. You also taught us not to strip the coffee tree of all its fruit but to only pick the ripe cherries for the best tasting coffee. The way you spoke to us and treated us with dignity gave me hope!”

Coffee farmer.
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