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05 Mar 2015

Two years ago, Just Us! had no relationships in El Salvador and our partnership with Prodecoop in Nicaragua was rather distant and impersonal.

Today things are different.

We have now purchased 2 harvests from ACPROA in El Salvador that have gone into our Cradle of Peace and Project: Trifinio products. In addition, they attained Small Producer Symbol certification last year.

In Nicaragua we have managed to tighten our relationship with Prodecoop so that we no longer buy a nameless pooled lot from the organization. Instead, with the help of Etico, our partners in Nicaragua, we have developed a relationship with two small co-ops within Prodecoop that supplied our coffee last year and will again this year. In addition we arranged for these co-ops to put about US$ 9000 of the money we paid for their coffee into rust recover programs. For more information you can read our multi-part blog on Making Change in Nicaragua (www....

12 Mar 2012
My version of the trip began at 5:20 am with a pickup from Don, followed by a visit to café SuPa (Sue & Pascal), where Sue had prepared drinks of our choosing to start our long travel day right. It was fun meeting up with everyone at the airport and sitting down to breakfast together,...
12 Mar 2012
Day 1 - Wednesday Operation drive, park and fly is complete! We are safely on our way to Chicago and I can feel the temperature rising already.  We all arrived safely at the airport with plenty of time to have breakfast together, since we did leave at six am!  The flight is due to take...
02 Mar 2012
My second stop in Guatemala was at the ASOBAGRI co-op in the Huehuetenango region after a very bumpy 12-hour drive through winding mountain roads with beautiful vistas. I enjoyed the glimpses of people going about their lives in small communities along the highland road, herding sheep, washing...
27 Feb 2012
During a green bean buying trip to Guatemala and Costa Rica last week, I visited several of our suppliers and saw some very different examples of community development through the currency of coffee. My first stop was in Lake Atitlan to visit the CCDA (Comité Campesino del Altiplano). The roots of...
16 Feb 2012
Dr. Vandana Shiva, one of the 7 most influential women in the world, will be visiting Nova Scotia! Vandana Shiva, is a physicist, environmental activist and author. Shiva, currently based in Delhi, is author of over 300 papers in leading scientific and technical journals. Shiva participated in...