Go On Podcast, Season 2 Episode 1
11/17/15 Silo Blog - Kickstart the Cart
THE SILO COFFEE + GOODS MISSION
Silo Coffee + Goods puts the world’s second most traded commodity to work for the world’s most important resource.
Silo Coffee + Goods is dedicated to serving ethically sourced, specialty coffee that does more than just give you a caffeine boost. Silo Coffee provides good coffee that does good in the world. By purchasing Silo Coffee you are partnering with small coffee farmers to create economic opportunities that help them escape the cycle of poverty. In addition, a portion of every purchase goes to our partner Solea Water to ensure that these farmers have safe drinking water in their communities.
Silo Coffee + Goods seeks to be the homestead where people, products, and causes converge in the Midwest. We're dedicated to ethically sourced, specialty coffee and funding clean water projects in coffee farming communities.
Silo Coffee + Goods’ close relationship with Solea Water means that we can source coffee beans from the same communities that Solea Water invests in through clean water projects. It’s a novel method to help to alleviate extreme poverty in Latin America: we fund the provision of basic needs and the creation of economic opportunities for indigenous peoples through the same systems that would otherwise oppress them. Many coffee companies tell the stories of their coffee farmers, but Silo Coffee + Goods will have an even closer partnership with the coffee farmers, ensuring that social good is considered in every step of the coffee process - from a seed to a coffee cup to a glass of water.
SOLEA WATER STORY
Solea Water is dedicated to alleviating water poverty to bring hope to communities in Latin America. Solea Water collaborates with a network of organizations to develop and implement clean water projects that vary depending on the needs of each individual community they serve. These include wells, water purification systems, hand pump repair, and conducting health education programs.
We take the water that makes our coffee for granted, but what you might not know that where your coffee is grown, many people don’t have clean water. Our team has seen first hand that traditional charity is not enough. Providing for basic needs is a catalyst for development, but it’s not enough. In order to truly end the cycle of extreme poverty these communities need economic opportunities. In nearly every community Solea Water works in, the people are either coffee farmers themselves or depend on the coffee industry in some way.
Silo coffee & goods is partnering with Solea Water, an organization dedicated to ending water poverty in Latin America, to source coffee from these hard to reach indigenous communities that are often overlooked by traditional fair trade agencies. We work with these farmers to ensure that their processing methods are safe for the environment and don’t contaminate waterways.
663 million people across the globe lack access to clean, safe water.
125 million people depend on the coffee industry for their livelihoods.
Only 2% of the farmers in Latin America are paid at fair trade levels for their coffee beans, a number shockingly low for the region that exports 80% of the world’s coffee.
Coffee is the world's second most traded commodity.
25 million smallholders product 80% of the world's coffee.
An estimated 1.6 billion cups of coffee are drunk worldwide every day.
Source: International Coffee Organization