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What is FairCrack?
CoffeeSnobs FairCrack is an exciting initiative that kicked-off in May 2007 to address the holes that we could see in supporting existing coffee causes and we honestly think that as a small community of passionate coffee consumers we can do it far better.
The biggest issue with any type of charity event is the amount of money raised that is required to manage and distribute the funds. With FairCrack we have a goal of zero administrative overheads and will do our best to ensure that 100% of the money raised or materials purchased ends up on the ground at coffee origin.
The above figures show the total money donated to date by CoffeeSnob members, the total amount spent to date and the outstanding balance in the pot for future allocation. Above the site wide totals you will find your own running total (if any money has been raised from your purchases) which you can proudly watch grow over time. Below you will find a brief description of the causes that CoffeeSnobs chose to support and the amount that was spent. We hope this "open book" style accounting will leave little doubt that the money raised is being spent wisely on sound projects.
Yemen solar project at Bani Matar to pump water for 5 local villages. Another amazing project doing great things on the ground at origin. This array pumps water up the hill so it can gravity feed back down to the terraces.
Kiva -- Sergio in Peru needs to employ workers to weed (USD 450)
Kiva -- Godfrey from Uganda needs to purchase ag inputs for his coffee. (USD 425)
Kiva -- Gerardo from Costa Rica needs ag inputs for his farm (USD 400)
Kiva -- Floricelda from Peru needs to employ workers and buy organic inputs. (USD 555)
Kiva -- Santos Lilibeth from El Salvador needs ag inputs to improve her farm (USD 300)
Kiva -- Erminia from Timor-Leste needs to purchase ag inputs for her coffee crop (USD 500)
Kiva -- Wilman from Honduras needs ag inputs and staff for their family farm (USD 175)
Kiva -- Luis in Nicaragua need zinc, calcium, boron and other ag inputs to improve his land and employ more locals (USD 975)
Kiva -- Celedonio in Nicaragua wants to plant an additional 0.7 hectares of coffee. (USD 675)
Kiva -- Norbey from Columbia needs to purchase organic compost and fertilisers (USD 175)
Kiva -- Luis from Colombia needs locally produced fertilisers for his coffee crop. (USD 365)
Kiva -- Alvaro from Columbia needs seeds and compost for his farm. (USD 145)
Kiva -- Pablo from Columbia wants to purchase a scythe to help with harvesting. (USD 100)
Kiva -- Vidal from Costa Rica is expanding his plantation (USD 1950)
Kiva -- Andrey from Costa Rica is buying coffee seedlings and ag inputs (USD 435)
Kiva -- Eliezer from El Salvador needs fertilisers for his coffee plantation (USD 425)
Kiva -- Juan from Bolivia is preparing new land for planting (USD 645)
Kiva -- Juan from Nicaragua needs ag inputs to improve his crop (USD 200)
Kiva -- Saul from Honduras need fertiliser for his farm (USD 150)
Kiva -- Jose from Columbia needs ag inputs and staff (USD 385)
Kiva -- Eduar from Columbia needs compost and ag inputs (USD 160)
Kiva -- Lisandro from Columbia need ag inputs and to prepare the land for planting (USD 700)
Kiva -- Andres from Columbia needs staff and ag inputs (USD 325)
Kiva -- Fernando needs ag inputs to help his coffee crop (USD 630)
Kiva -- Jonis from Nicaragua needs farm inputs (USD 650)
Kiva -- Ariel is buying more land to plant coffee (USD 820)
Kiva -- Carlos from Nicaragua is buying farm inputs. (USD 975)
Kiva -- Jairo from Nicaragua is planting 0.7 hectares of coffee (USD 975)
Kiva -- Edwin from Nicaragua is buying seedlings and paying staff (USD 975)
Kiva -- David from El Salvador is buying ag inputs to help his coffee trees (USD 500)
Kiva -- Jose from El Salvador is buying ag inputs (USD 325)
Kiva -- Jose from Nicaragua is paying staff and buying ag inputs (USD 675)
Kiva -- Carloman from Peru need to purchase materials to build drying beds (USD 1300)
Kiva -- Yrma from Peru need to employ labour for harvest and to build a drying area.(USD 975)
Kiva -- Richard in Uganda needs to build a dam to improve his water security (USD 475)
Kiva -- Jesus from Peru need to purchase a pulping machine and employ staff for help on the farm. (USD 1350)
Kiva -- Wil from Honduras needs ag inputs for his coffee farm. (USD 375)
Yemen water projects - With amazing help from our friend Ahmed on the ground, we are purchasing cement to repair and seal the farmers dams to provide water security in the driest times. There are 44 farmers who each require between 40 and 100 bags of cement to complete the dams. (3800 bags of concrete @ 6.60ea = 25080 Euro)
Kiva -- Mariam from Uganda needs to purchase ag inputs (USD 100)
Kiva -- Jose from El Salvador need some help picking his coffee crop (USD 375)
Kiva -- Bob from Uganda need ag inputs to improve his crop. (USD 425)
Kiva -- Elvin from Honduras needs ag inputs to improve his crop (USD 325)
Kiva -- Petronia from Uganda needs to purchase seedlings to replace weather damaged ones (USD 325)
Kiva -- Crispus from Uganda needs to install irrigation to grow in the dry season (USD 550)
Kiva -- Manuel from El Salvador needs staff to help weed his land (USD 800)
Kiva -- Israel in Costa Rica needs ag inputs and materials to improve his crops and increase his income. (USD 1,650)
Kiva -- Juan from Costa Rica needs seedlings and ag inputs to improve his crop. (USD 325)
Kiva -- Direct donation to Kiva. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Kiva is working with lenders, Field Partners, borrowers and more to ensure a rapid and impactful global response. (USD 1,500)
Kiva -- Jose from El Salvador needs to hire help for his coffee farm. (USD 525)
Kiva -- John from Uganda needs manure and ag inputs to boost production on his farm. (USD 675)
Kiva -- Yelson from Nicaragua needs ag inputs for his farm to improve the coffee and it's value. (USD 425)
Kiva - Ademar from Costa Rica needs coffee seedlings and ag inputs for his farm (USD 375)
Kilimanjaro Tanzania - The masks and blankets were so successful for the many elderly people on Kilimanjaro that we are now doing the villages on the other side of the river too with another 1000 blankets and 4000 handmade face masks. (USD 12,000)
Kilimanjaro Tanzania - to help with the coronavirus problems, FairCrack is supplying 1000 blankets and getting 4000 face masks handmade in Moshe for the villagers on the mountain. (USD 12,000)
Kiva - Luis from Colombia need ag supplies for his small family farm. US$625
Kiva -- Jose from El Salvador need labour to help on the farm US$575
Kiva -- Daniel from Colombia needs ag supplies improve his crop US$200
Kiva -- Rene from Nicaragua needs ag supplies and hoses for his farm US$325
Kiva -- Corina from Nicaragua needs calcium, zinc, boron and labour on her farm. US$725
Kiva -- Ana from Colombia needs ag supplies to improve her crop US$500
Kiva -- Jose from Costa Rica needs ag inputs and labour on his farm US$1350
Kiva -- Jorge from Costa Rica needs seedlings and ag inputs to expand his family farm. US$1550
Kiva -- Roger from Nicaragua needs ag inputs for his small family farm US$700
Kiva -- Justino from Peru needs ag supplies to improve his crop US$350
Kiva -- Abdul from Uganda needs manure for his coffee trees. US$75
Kiva -- Vidal from Costa Rica needs ag supplies to improve his coffee crop US$800
Kiva -- Luis from Costa Rica wants to purchase coffee seedlings and ag supplies to maintain his crop US$1675
Kiva -- Frank from Uganda wants to purchase green manure for his coffee plants US$375
Kiva -- Juan from Colombia needs ag supplies and some labour to help with his coffee US$875
Kiva -- Jose from Honduras needs labour to harvest his crop US$500
Kiva -- Ramon from El Salvador needs to pay workers to pick his crop US$875
Kiva -- Cesar from Peru needs to employ people to help weed and maintain his coffee trees US$600
Kiva -- Erick from Costa Rica need seedlings, fertiliser to replant his coffee crop US$700
Kiva -- Jose from Nicaragua needs supplies and fertiliser US$350
Kiva -- Isidro from Nicaragua needs ag inputs to improve his coffee US$325
Kiva -- Maria from Honduras needs ag inputs for her coffee and corn plantation US$150
Kiva -- Juan from Honduras needs to clear land and apply ag inputs US$150
Maria from Costa Rica is buying coffee seedlings to plant on her land. US$200
Kiva -- Manuel from Colombia needs to pay harvesters for his crop US$250
Kiva -- Sylvia from Uganda needs ag inputs for her coffee farm US$500
Kiva -- Hugo from Costa Rica needs ag supplies to improve his coffee US$500
Kiva -- Lydia from Uganda needs ag inputs for her coffee farm US$350
Kiva -- Andrew from Uganda needs ag inputs for his coffee and banana farm $US325
Kiva -- Maria in Costa Rica needs coffee seedlings to plant on her farm US$625
Kiva -- Nelsy from Honduras needs ag inputs for his coffee farm US$1250
Kiva -- Anatori from Uganda wants to buy more farming land US$800
Kiva -- Jose from Honduras needs ag inputs for his coffee farm US$450
Kiva -- Manuel in El Salvador needs to employ worker for maintenance of his farm US$900
Kiva -- Elvin from Honduras needs ag inputs for new coffee land US$225
Kiva -- Julian from Peru needed fertiliser for his coffee plantation. US$275
Kiva -- Zamuel from Peru needs fertiliser and to pay his workers. US$500
Kiva -- Victor from Costa Rica needs a loan for fertiliser and coffee seedlings US$500
Kiva -- Holga in Guatemala wants to purchase land to expand here Banana and Coffee trees. US$300
Kiva -- Sergio from Peru needs a loan for farm supplies and fertilisers. US$500
Kiva -- Claudia from Colombia needs a loan for fertilisers and to pay for weeding. She has been growing coffee for 16 years. US$425
Kiva -- Saif from Jordan wants to buy a coffee machine for his store. The loan will be paid monthly and should help his income long-term. US$325
Kiva -- Faustino from Peru needs a loan for coffee inputs. He has been growing coffee, tea and cacao for 10 years. US$100
Kiva -- Innocent from Uganda wants to buy organic fetiliser for his farm. US$250
Kiva -- Jhon from Colombia needs a loan for coffee inputs and wages to help him harvest. US$275
Kiva -- Monica from Kenya needs to buy fertiliser for her coffee farm. US$500
Kiva -- William from Uganda needs a loan to purchase fertilisers for his coffee farm. US$500
Kiva -- Joseph from Uganda needs to purchase mulch for his banana and coffee plantation. US$475
Kiva -- Neyber from Peru is going to buy ag supplies for this coffee farm. US$500
Kiva -- Godfrey from Uganda needs a milling machine for his farm. Better processing means higher profits for farmers. US$425
Kiva -- Misael from Peru needs to purchase ag supplies to improve his crop and yield. US$375
Kiva -- Reymundo from Peru needs to employ help on his coffee plantation. US$475
Kiva -- Dononzio from Uganda needs a loan for coffee inputs. US$500
Kiva -- Wilder from Peru need help with maintenance on his plantation. US$625
Kiva -- Daniel from Peru needs compost and labour to help on his farm. US$500
Kiva -- Consuelo from Peru needs farm supplies and help weeding her farm. US$500
Kiva -- Mateo from Peru is expanding his farm and needs coffee inputs. US$275
Kiva -- Hector from Peru is restoring a coffee plantation and needs inputs. US$500
Kiva -- Santos from Peru needs inputs and more seedlings for his coffee plantation. US$475
Kiva -- Paula from Honduras needs to employ people to help him harvest. US$500
Kiva -- Nolberta from Peru need staff and fertiliser for her coffee and banana plantation. US$150
Kiva -- Neira from Peru needs farm inputs to get a better yield. US$500
Kiva -- Rosa from Peru needs farm inputs and staff to get a better return. US$500
FairCrack has just funded US$19,550 to a GoFundMe project that Royal Coffee in the USA has organised. Money raised will be used by TECHO to build transitional housing on the ground in Guatemala after the Fuego volcano eruption. The FairCrack donation will build 4 houses that typically hold up to 4 families, 20 people each so that's 80 people with a roof now!
TZ Solar Project - Hoping this is the last of the hidden fees at origin. Shipping line charges US580, Transport Charges DSM to Moshi US2100, Port Customs storage (charged while they workout what they are charging us) US5288. The container should finally clear and head to Machare estate now!
TZ Solar Project - 18% VAT on the import (TSH 14,065,959) after TZ revenue agreed to waive the additional 25% duty plus VAT (which would have been an additional USD 8,500). It's taking months to clear the container but we are getting closer. Only wharf fees and transport to go now the duty has been assessed.
TZ Solar project - Freight from CN to Dar Es Salam including the purchase of the 20" container for secure storage at Machare during the distribution stage.
Kiva -- Deus a coffee grower from Uganda needed fertilisers for his farm and FairCrack loaned US$225
Edward from Uganda needed a loan to hire workers for his farm to plant more coffee. FairCrack lent him US$500 from previous Kiva repayments. Edward is the first person to get a second loan from the same FairCrack money.
Solar for Kili - Our biggest FairCrack project to date is nearly done. We are supplying solar light kits for the villagers on Kilmanjaro to replace their kerosene lamps. Burning a kero lamp for light in a small space is allegedly equivalent to smoking a carton of cigarettes each week. These simple solar kits will save each household around $10/month in fuel, improve health and allow more study time for the children. Huge positive impact. 1200 solar kits will be delivered to Tanzania and we are hoping to get 200 of those into a village in Kenya too. (US$27302 - total cost and details will be updated after we pay the freight to TZ and the clearance fees in the coming weeks)
FairCrack has sponsored 5 movie screenings in remote coffee villages of the PNG highlands. A powerful documentary was produced to change the behaviour towards the women of PNG and the via the Papua New Guinea Tribal Foundation, the movie Senisim Pasin (change our ways) will be shown along with a discussion and promise from the attendees to rethink behaviour that has been "culturally normal" for too long.
Kiva -- Juan from Nicaragua to buy supplies to increase his coffee production.
Kiva -- Maria from Honduras to buy fertilisers for her coffee
Kiva -- Otoniel from Nicaragua to purchase supplies for his coffee plantation
Kiva -- Rafael from Honduras to buy fertilisers and to pay labour costs to help with his coffee farm
Kiva -- Jose from Honduras to purchase fertilisers and pay for the cleaning of his coffee crops.
Kiva -- Jose from El Salvador to buy insecticides, foliar, and to pay young men to help him plant coffee in a short amount of time.
Kiva -- Willian from El Salvador to buy a small mill to grind coffee, so can continue earning income to fund his children's education.
Kiva -- Lorenzo from Guatemala to buy a 'cuerda' (almost an acre) of land to cultivate.
Kiva -- Moses from Uganda to buy farm inputs like manure and seedlings and coffee to sell.
Kiva - Santiago from Honduras to seed, fertilise and expand their coffee crops.
Kiva -- Antonio from Guatemala needed a loan to buy agricultural supplies and to pay labour costs for the maintenance of his coffee crop.
Kiva -- Santos from Honduras needed a loan to purchase supplies and fertilizers to treat his coffee crop
Kiva -- Juan from Honduras needed a loan to buy manure, fertilizers and cleaning costs for its coffee crop.
Kiva -- Jose from Honduras needed a loan to purchase manure, fertilizers and pay for weeding his coffee crop.
Kiva -- Johan in Colombia needed a loan to buy fertilizers for his coffee growing and to pay for a workforce
Kiva -- Andrez in Nicaragua needed a loan to purchase bio-supplies and pay for the maintenance of his coffee crop.
Kiva -- Isauro from Honduras needed a loan to buy fertilizer and to pay for clearing to maintain his coffee crop
Kiva -- Delmer Omar from San Isidro, Honduras needs fertilisers, insecticides, seedlings, and bags for plants. We can help with a US375 loan.
Kiva -- Sheila from Tilya Women Group was loaned US$450 to purchase coffee seedlings to expand their crop in Eldma Ravine - Kenya
Kiva -- Hillary a coffee grower from Kantozi Kitagwenda in Uganda was loaned US$275 to purchase coffee from other local farmers for resale.
Building toilet facilities for the coffee pickers on the Elephant Hills plantation in India. This is far from glamorous but no more surprises under foot while working has to be better for the workers all over the estate.
Tanna Island, Vanuatu has many small plot farmers who need to process coffee where they pick it. FairCrack has purchased 35 hand pulpers, 60 rolls of poly, 20 rolls of shade cloth and 4 hand sewers to help improve their processing for years to come. (total US$18,950 including freight to Port Vila)
Today we have commissioned a coffee engineer in Kenya to build a total of 9 Eco Pulpers for existing and new villages on Kilimanjaro so they can continue to process cherry on the mountain and yield a better price at the mill. US$1500 ea (not including freight to TZ)
After the sucess of the initial blanket project we are going again. 1000 handmade made blankets for the villages on Kilimanjaro will provide clean healthy warmth without felling trees and will save familys sleeping in smoke fillled huts as well as providing employment making the blankets. (14 euro each)
FairCrack has funded the building of four huts on Machare Estate for coffee farm stay accommodation. People with a love for coffee will be able to stay on the estate for 4 days and see the real "bean to cup" process and possibly help with some hands-on chores. 100% of the building costs will go to local builders and materials needed. 20% of the revenue from all future farm stays will go directly into village projects creating a long term on-going income stream for the villagers and the remaining 80% will cover overheads (staff, food, maintenance, transport costs etc). (US$20,000)
Purchasing a portable and accurate coffee moisture meter will allow Bente’s farm manager to travel between the villages to ensure that they are all drying the coffee to the optimum level before it heads to the mill. This will result in a better coffee and higher auction prices for the Kilimanjaro villages for many years to come. Aquaboy coffee moisture meter (700 Euro)
Blankets! We can stop deforestation of Kilimanjaro with something as simple as purchasing blankets for the villagers. Typically they don’t own a blanket so during winter they burn more far more wood than they should need to. A blanket will provide warmth and halve their annual timber consumption leaving the mountain in great condition to continue coffee production under the natural wild shade cover. (2500 Euro)
Another 2 villages on the slopes of Kilimanjaro will get clean running water with our purchase of poly pipe and fittings. The locals will dig the trenches and get the water to a central point and then each household can tap into this new main supply line. (2500euro)
The first stage of the irrigation project! Run a 63mm pipe from the seasonal Mang'ana well into the village. Currently they flood irrigate through the furrow with 75% wastage. This pipeline will give a cleaner, more reliable water supply without the waste.
This donation has purchased two more pulpers for the Southern Kilimanjaro villages and some raised drying beds. We wish the farmers well in their new coffee processing journey
Following on from the initial success of the first project on the southern Kilimanjaro slopes we have replicated the project so that two new mountain villages will benefit from the installation of two new central pulperies.
Purchase two coffee pulpers for communal use by the small holder farmers on the southern slopes of Kilimanjaro. We hope this will improve their coffee quality and their market price for many years to come.
The birth of FairCrack happened in the following thread.