Our model of “Fair Trade Plus” not only pays the farmers a fair trade price for their coffee, but also returns all profits to the community. In 2012, 64% of every consumer dollar was returned directly to the growers.
Just Haiti works with subsistence coffee growers and their families in Haiti. We began in 2006 with one grower association in Baraderes, called Kafe Devlopmen Barade (KDB), located in the south, and have expanded to work in communities across Haiti. Our role: to bring Just Haiti Coffee, their high-quality, shade-grown, organically-produced Arabica coffee, to North American consumers.
In 2012, 64% of every dollar spent purchasing a bag of coffee from Just Haiti went to the coffee growers. Just Haiti is dedicated to a "fair-trade plus" model of doing business, where the grower receives the full fair trade price for their coffee, plus all profits gleaned from the sale of that coffee in the United States.
Shade-grown coffee, grown for export and offered to consumers at a fair price, represents the future for typical Haitian coffee farmer.
In that future, farm families can break the stranglehold of poverty and violence that have choked the just development of rural Haiti for hundreds of years.
In that future, farmers will build economic independence and social justice, while growing a sustainable, environmentally friendly cash crop.
You, the consumer, are the most important part of Just Haiti's vision. The decisions you make every day about your purchases can make a fair and dignified income possible for Haiti's coffee growers. When you drink Just Haiti Coffee, you grow justice in Haiti.
Just Haiti was founded in 2006 to help traditional coffee growers to regenerate their business, which had collapsed in the 1980s.
Just Haiti is collaborating with its coffee grower associations to initiate a university-level scholarship program for students of agronomy and business at accredited institutions of higher education in Haiti.