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Una guía para su informe al fin de su proyecto de Seeds de Counter Culture Coffee
Su informe puede ser en cualquier formato que es más útil y fácil para su grupo. Solo pedimos que toca todas las temas mencionados debajo. Puede llenar ese formulario o puede someter algo separado por correo electrónico a hpopish@counterculturecoffee.com. ¡Gracias! Por favor notar que las respuestas potencialmente serán utilizados por el equipo de marketing de Counter Culture para compartir los éxitos de su proyecto con el público más amplio. También esperamos que ustedes compartirán los resultados del proyecto con los productores y los socios.
 
¿Cual fueron las metas originales del proyecto?
Aqui favor de incluir un resumen pequeño de lo que intentaron a alcanzar inicialmente con los fondos de Seeds.
 
¿Que progreso han hecho hacia esas metas con los fondos que recibieron de Seeds?
¿Que son sus resultados mensurables / como sabe que fue un éxito? En esa parte podría incluir el número de las personas impactados con su proyecto, las organizaciones con quien trabajaron para cumplir el proyecto y las sociedades nuevos que estaban formados, el número de talleres que tuvieron, etc.
 
¿Qué es lo que hubiera hecho de manera distinta? Que son unos de los lecciones aprendidos a través del proceso?
En unos casos donde haya la esperanza de recibir fondos de otros fuentes y no viene, eso puede impactar los resultados del proyecto. Los otros retos/lecciones aprendidos puede ser: deseábamos que incluimos más perspectivas de los participantes en la planificación y en llevar a cabo el proyecto para el éxito óptimo, mejorar la comunicación con las organizaciones socios, o mejor justificación del tiempo y los costos necesarios para el proyecto.
 
¿Qué fue la respuesta de la comunidad o grupo de los productores involucrados?
Aquí es donde nos gustaríamos escuchar cualquier resultados de las encuestas breves que tal vez ha dado a sus participantes o un resumen informal de las conversaciones que ha tenido con los que han sido impactados por el proyecto. También, como líder del proyecto, sus impresiones son claves aquí. ¡Comentarios directos de los participantes y/o líderes del proyecto tanto como los fotografías son bienvenidos!
 
¿Que va a cambiar en el futuro como un resultado de ese proyecto?
Obviamente eso va a parecer distinto basado en el tipo de proyecto que hicieron. Esa sección es donde hablar más al visión amplio. Piensa en el impacto al nivel de la familia, la comunidad, o la cooperativa, e.g. 'ahora las familias tienen el conocimiento necesario para diversificar sus prácticas agrícolas y dar comida a sus familias para el año entero.' O, 'anteriormente el agua escorrentía tóxico de lavar el café ahora puede ir por el proceso de filtración. Los aguas en la vecindad ya no están en riesgo de la contaminación de nuestros prácticos.'
 
¿Haya unos próximos pasos con ese proyecto? Si responde 'si,' ¿Que son los próximos pasos?
Los próximos pasos podrían incluir seguir trabar con el mismo ONG en una otra iniciativa, tener seguimiento con los participantes un año de ahora a ver que tipos de cambios han hecho, o aumentar la cala del proyecto para alcanzar más gente, o, construir una adición al beneficio húmedo o a la escuela, etc.
Are there any next steps for this project? If so, what are the next steps?
Next steps might include continuing to work with the non-profit on another initiative, following up with participants one year from now to see what changes have been made, or increasing the scale of the project to reach more individuals, or, building an addition to the wet mill or to the school building, etc.
 
 
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Please contact our Sustainability Department for information.
 
 
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Seeds is an acronym that stands for Sustaining Environmental and Educational Development at Source. Our Seeds program was created to structure and define Counter Culture's monetary contributions to projects that are not coffee-quality-specific but still benefit our coffee-producing partners and their communities. To date, we have contributed a total of $24,963 to projects in 6 countries. We'd like to catch you up on the projects we have funded over the last couple of years through our Seeds program with an eye toward more regular updates of ongoing projects.
 
Our Eighth Project: Justa Clean Cook Stoves
COMSA Cooperative
Marcala, Honduras
 
The COMSA cook stoke project in action.
This Seeds project was unique in that Counter Culture initiated it as a way to address our carbon offsets. In 2009 we set the goal to reach carbon neutrality in 5 years. This project allowed us to reach neutrality in just 2 years!
 
The high level of involvement and organization from both the partner non-governmental organization (NGO) and the cooperative on the ground made this an ideal project. Preliminary meetings were held with the cooperative leadership, a local development NGO, and US-based Trees, Water & People to develop the most effective plan. In two short weeks, 86 stoves were built by local specialists and cooperative members. Over the lifespan of these stoves, 645 tons of carbon dioxide will be avoided. In total, 626 family members of COMSA producers will benefit from cleaner indoor air and more disposable income, and they will use less than half of the wood required by their previous cook stoves.
 
We won't know the long-term results until health impact measures are taken over time. However, the initial reports sent to us from COMSA and Trees, Water & People were thorough, and we feel confident that they will continue to pursue greater metrics and inform us when they have additional details.
 
Today marks the last update on Seeds projects of years past. Thanks for following along for these installments. At the end of January, we will begin accepting applications for our next funding cycle of Seeds projects. As new projects are completed, we will continue to report back on impact at origin and lessons learned. Please don't hesitate to be in touch with comments, questions, or suggestions!
 
And, this project was featured on our website, which also links to a Trees, Water & People slide show of the project.
 
Sincerely,
Hannah
 
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Seeds is an acronym that stands for Sustaining Environmental and Educational Development at Source. Our Seeds program was created to structure and define Counter Culture's monetary contributions to projects that are not coffee-quality-specific but still benefit our coffee-producing partners and their communities. To date, we have contributed a total of $24,963 to projects in 6 countries. We'd like to catch you up on the projects we have funded over the last couple of years through our Seeds program with an eye toward more regular updates of ongoing projects.
 
Our Seventh Project: Holiday Blend 2011
Kayanza, Burundi
 
The Buziraguhindwa school currently serves approximately 2,000 students.
Some of our Seeds projects are funded by a special coffee created each year at the holidays from which a dollar of each pound sold goes toward a project on the ground at origin. As such, it seems serendipitous that this week's Seeds update finds us reporting on projects funded by last year's holiday blend. Last year, funds collected from sales of our holiday blend focused on supporting educational initiatives and allowed us to donate to the expansion of a school near the Buziraguhindwa washing station. The Buziraguhindwa school currently serves approximately 2,000 students. Tim Hill, our coffee buyer who focuses on Burundi, has been invited to a ceremony in the year ahead to inaugurate the new school structure. A portion of the funds also went to the construction of a school near the Idido washing station.
 
The donation from our 2012 Holiday Blend will again be dedicated to an educational initiative and will be aimed at supporting the Yirgacheffe Coffee Farmer's Cooperative Union, the cooperative from which the coffee in this blend is derived. Our hope is to fund a two-day workshop on organic agriculture and composting for between 50 and 100 coffee growers, agronomists, and cooperative representatives. Thank you in advance for the support of this coffee and, come late spring, we will be reporting back on the next installment of holiday blend origin projects.
 
Happiest of holidays to you and yours!
 
'Til next week,
Hannah
 
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Seeds is an acronym that stands for Sustaining Environmental and Educational Development at Source. Our Seeds program was created to structure and define Counter Culture's monetary contributions to projects that are not coffee-quality-specific but still benefit our coffee-producing partners and their communities. To date, we have contributed a total of $24,963 to projects in 6 countries. We'd like to catch you up on the projects we have funded over the last couple of years through our Seeds program with an eye toward more regular updates of ongoing projects.
 
Our Sixth Project: Food Security and Cooperative Members
Fabretto Children's Foundation & Cinco de Junio Cooperative
Madriz, Nicaragua
 
A family in Madriz, Nicaragua, participating in Fabretto Children's Foundation Food Security and Nutrition program.
We learned about the Fabretto Children's Foundation – a non-governmental organization that works closely with farmers and specifically with members of the Cinco de Junio Cooperative – when Coffee Buyer and Sustainability Manager Kim Elena Ionescu began visiting the region in 2009. Fabretto is a registered nonprofit organization that works to provide quality education, health and nutrition, and community development programs for more than 11,000 students in Nicaragua. Their choice to work in coffee growing communities stems from their desire to support the work of improving children's education and to diversify economic activities in order to break the cycles of chronic poverty.
 
Fabretto sought out our collaboration in the spring of 2012 in order to support their Food Security and Nutrition program. This program creates opportunities for student groups and small farmers to produce fresh fruits and vegetables that can be incorporated into Fabretto's school lunch program. The students and farmers also learn skills to sell part of their production to generate cash income.
 
In an effort to improve conditions of food security in the rural communities of Las Sabanas and San José de Cusmapa, Fabretto has begun to organize groups of small growers, many of whom are also coffee growers, who diversify their farms to grow crops such as tomatoes, onions, peppers, potatoes, carrots, bananas, and other indigenous fruits and vegetables.
 
So far, the Seeds funds have helped provide students and farmers with practical skills in rural development and sustainable agriculture. Fabretto has injected needed resources into the productive projects that the students have been identifying and developing, particularly fruit and vegetable production.
 
One of the project beneficiaries is Amparo Gutierrez. She and her family have been growing tomatoes and peppers on their family's plot and have been active participants in the training sessions:
 
"This project has been very positive for our family. We have started growing new crops on our small farm, and we are learning new ways to improve our production. This has helped us to generate more income for our family, and we can better provide for our children."
 
The field staff reports that the training element has gone well, particularly with students – though working with adults requires a different methodological approach. The small farmers being trained have used traditional production techniques their whole lives, and changing to new, more sustainable practices is always a challenge. We hope to harness their lessons learned as we continue to partner with others in the coffee industry on food security initiatives.
 
'Til next week,
Hannah
 
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