Meet Singing Rooster: Fair Trade Coffee Empowering Haitian Farmers
Start your day off strong with a cup of fair trade coffee from Singing Rooster. Singing Rooster works with small producers in Haiti to ensure farmers are fairly paid, treated with respect, and to provide resources for Haitian suppliers to grow their businesses. Through their partnerships Singing Rooster is able to supply U.S. markets with gourmet Haitian coffee and provide Haitian farmers with the opportunity to reach new markets.
Singing Rooster's partnering farmers are paid a MINIMUM of $3 per pound which is about twice as much as most farmers receive. Singing Rooster returns another 50 cents after crops sell for continued business development. The remainder of cost pays for export/import, transport to roastery, warehousing, roasting, bagging, shipping. Since Singing Rooster is a non-profit 100% of proceeds from sales back to farmer communities in the form of agricultural, small business management, and entrepreneurial development activities. So far Singing Rooster has been able to put $2 million into the pockets of coffee farmers which is incredible given the per-capita gross national income is less than $800 a year for a farmer family.
Singing Rooster is part of the Fair Trade Federation. This is great because the Fair Trade Federation is a third party certification that confirms businesses are using fair trade principles to create sustainable businesses and work towards alleviating poverty. Singing Rooster clearly goes above and beyond the basic fair trade principles by not only practicing ethical business, but also through valuing the growth of their farmers.
Singing Rooster works closely with farmers to build better business. They provide business training to farmers to help educate farmers on best practices, basic accounting, and other valuable business skills. Singing Rooster also helps with equipment upgrades helping farmers improve their techniques.
I appreciate Singing Rooster's dedication to the empowering the farmers. This is a brand near and dear to my heart. I traveled to Haiti back in 2017 on a study abroad trip. I actually first learned about their coffee while I was in Haiti. There are so many hardworking communities in this country and I think it's great that there are organizations like Singing Rooster to help further the growth and development of, not only the farmers, but the country in general.