We are contributing to greater economic opportunities for indigenous rural women, by establishing new sustainable sourcing partnerships with village processing partners that are located in low income coffee growing areas.
From 2018 the first all-women membered cooperative’s will become Fairtrade and RainForest Alliance certified, and establish their own Nursery Programs.
The international certification programs and Nursery Program are designed to lift women’s farming skills and incomes, which will ultimately contribute to a more sustainable future for women, their families and the wider community.
The Sustainable Program
This will help us to guarantee trade justice, lift farmers capacities and create sustainable development opportunities for our women farmers and their communities.
The Nursery Program
provides new climate resistant coffee seedlings and a variety of trees such as citrus, banana, timber and rubber to our coffee farmers, which serve to both shade the coffee plants and provide a secondary income for Javanese and Balinese women farmers.
This is done in partnership with the Indonesian Coffee and Cocoa Research Institute, monitored by the United Nations FAO.
java mountain coffee® is actively facilitating sustainable coffee collaborations for our first two all-membered worker cooperatives.
The first two all-women membered cooperatives are:
Java Mountain Women’s Coffee Cooperative located in the mountains surrounding Ciwidey in West Java and the Bali Mountain Women’s Coffee Cooperative on Mount Batu karu and the Munduk mountain range in Bali, Indonesia.
Our Sustainable Program is currently funded by 10% from the sales of our farm fresh micro-roast coffee and 2% from the sale of farm fresh green coffee beans. We invite all our partner organizations to visit our Sustainable Program to see the impact of our work.
Why Do We Have a Nursery Program?
Dramatic changes in weather conditions due to climate change coupled with hundreds of years of deforestation have caused significant challenges in the farming of coffee.
Severe weather has washed away rich soil nutrients and the aging coffee trees yields are reducing due to coffee rust. Coffee trees need shade trees to grow a healthy and sustainable coffee crop, yet in Indonesia, less than 20% of coffee farms have shade due to hundreds of years of deforestation. The nursery program is critical for delivering climate resistant coffee plants and shade trees to build a sustainable coffee industry.
Delivering Real Sustainable Impact
From 2019, all sustainable partners will receive an independent sustainable impact report compiled by an independent specialized sustainable audit company.
The report will detail the funds raised through measured sustainable coffee partnerships and private donations, channeled into the Women’s Empowerment Innovation Fund, and update partners of the progress of the Sustainable Program.
Donate Directly to the All Women Member Cooperatives
java mountain coffee® contributes 10% to the Sustainable Program from the sales of farm fresh, micro-roast coffee to sustainable coffee partners and through appointed distributors or 2% from the sales of green coffee.
It's simply not enough to fund the Sustainable Program. Global corporate procurement from women owned, majority women lead businesses or women's initiatives is less than 1%, therefore we need to collaborate to push through this historical and challenging barrier, with men and women whom share the same values.
Over the past two years individuals, corporates, universities, and schools have reached out and requested to support the all women membered cooperatives directly, by way of a donation or volunteering. We are pleased to announce that you are able to make a direct donation to help the cooperatives with the below costs through their GoFundMe page or through PayPal.
Java Mountain Women's Coffee Cooperative and Bali Mountain Women's Coffee Cooperative are faced with the below estimated costs, which include the legal establishment of a cooperative, and to join and certify the farms and cooperatives to the international programs of Fairtrade, RainForest Alliance and UTZ, and the Nursery Program, in partnership with the Indonesian Coffee and Coco Research Institute.
Sustainable Program Estimate Costs for a Cooperative
Form and legalise a cooperative through the Indonesian Ministry of Cooperatives with the required minimum deposit into the cooperative bank account which is estimated at USD$2,500.
Certify a cooperative to Fairtrade is estimated at USD$3,500 for 100 members.
Certify a cooperative to RainForest Alliance is USD$4,923 for 100 members.
Certify a cooperative to UTZ is USD$3,100 for 100 members.
The annual Nursery Program for each cooperative is USD$6,900.