Better World Beans
Born in Cincinnati and raised in Buffalo, Baltimore, and Seattle, I have had many experiences throughout North America. None were as remarkable as a small community in the mountains of the Dominican Republic. Franco Bidó’s beauty was immediately breathtaking, and the poverty was equally overwhelming. My entrepreneurial spirit started at a young age, when I wanted to invent environmentally friendly machines that would reduce our environmental footprint. At 15, when I was working in the community of Franco Bidó, I was trying to determine how I could effectively create concrete change in this community. I continued to travel annually to this community because I loved the people, and the natural beauty was incredible. At Xavier University, I declared a major called Land, Farming, and the Community because I knew that my work calling was also my life’s calling: to use my love for nature and the environment to affect change.
I spent 18 months taking many trips to the Dominican Republic and preparing for the launch of the business. In January 2016, I imported the first shipment of coffee, which was an incredible undertaking. I certainly have found my passion and my life’s work. My business reflects my philosophy toward creating a more just world. I believe that climate change will be won or lost in the countryside of the tropics where the forest and its ecology are incredibly important to moderating our planet’s temperature. Already, effects are being seen, and coffee farming can be done in a way that restores forest, protects the land, and advances people’s lives. Our success can change not only the farmers’ lives; it can change the coffee industry, which sources from virtually every country in the tropics. Through responsible and compassionate consumers, we can change the world together.
This loan is special because:
More about this loan
Better World Beans is a direct trade coffee company that sources from a cooperative of 15 small producing family coffee farmers in Franco Bidó, Dominican Republic. Our Three Pillars embody the ethic in which we conduct business:
Stewardship • Responsible planning and management of natural resources • Respect and dignity among people and towards the land • Working as a community to effectively solve problems
Relationship • Strong human-to-human relationships are the foundation of good business practice • Building trust takes honesty, humility, and respect • Laughter and smiles share our love with those we work with
Quality • Our specialty-grade coffee comes from the best coffee growing region in the Dominican Republic. • Our product is not only mission based but highly competitive in the specialty coffee industry. • Coffee is roasted fresh to order in Cincinnati, Ohio and shipped out immediately after roasting.
Our practices and philosophy promote dignity and respect both for the land and for the people. Through education and empowerment, poor and underserved communities of small producing coffee farmers can compete in the global marketplace, protect and amend the land, and advance their lives.
Franco Bidó will be the model community for coffee farmers in the Dominican Republic, Caribbean, and throughout Latin America to share the success of our unique business model and expand our impact. Change starts with a cup of coffee and a compassionate consumer. By purchasing our coffee, our customers are taking an active role in transforming the lives of our coffee farmers.
What is the purpose of this loan?
Approximately $2,000 will be used to purchase t-shirts, branded coffee mugs, and bumpers stickers which will be used for our Campus Ambassador Program this fall. This program will bring in additional revenue and help create a recognizable brand on college campuses around the country.
$5,000 will be used to purchase a truck in the Dominican Republic to transport coffee from the community to the port for peak freshness and efficiency. It will be a valuable asset to transport coffee growing equipment and personnel to and from the community.
$2,000 will be used to purchase additional coffee at the end of the year which will bring 2017 projected revenues to $35,000. This is a significant increase from the projected revenue for 2016, $22,000.
$1,000 will be used for critical coffee growing equipment to increase coffee production and efficiency including a coffee tree nursery and composting equipment.
This loan will ensure the success of Better World Beans by improving production in the Dominican Republic and creating a reputable and recognizable brand in the United States.
Years in operation: 6 months – 1 year