Financing small loans is one of the biggest barriers to business development for small producers. Without financing, they are unable to invest in land, raw materials, capital equipment or research and development.
You can support a coffee farmer, artisan or textiles producer with a small business loan of $125 or more. Generally the loan term is 13 months, with 5% interest paid in the lendee's product. At the end of the loan period, the principle can be rolled over into another loan, donated to As Green As It Gets or repaid to you.
The largest need for coffee fruit loans is between October and December - when the farmers are preparing for the following year's harvest. By making a coffee fruit loan, you will enable a farmer to purchase and process coffee fruit (unprocessed coffee) from outside of the cooperative and add considerable value through the production of green or roast coffee. These loans allow existing coop members to grow their businesses and allow new members process and sell coffee while they are waiting for their own plants to mature.
Make a loan of $125 or more today.
Land loans are larger contributions that help farmers in the cooperative purchase land. These loans typically last for 5 years with interest being paid back in the farmer's coffee, which can be collected in person. Investment in small business owners, particularly farmers, has proved to be one of the most powerful methods of alleviating poverty. With access to land loans, many of our farmers have significantly increased their land holdings. These not only improve household income but help secure a future for the family's children. Land loans vary from $500 - $5000 depending on land prices and availability.
Speak with someone today (502 7834 0142) or email Lottie@asgreenasitgets.org to find out more.
Whether it is a $500 pulpero to enable a farmer to process raw coffee in their home, a $6000 coffee roaster that enables a cooperative to begin selling high value roast coffee within Guatemala, or a $15,000 sorting and processing center that gives a cooperative a professional space to develop the coffee businesses, making a contribution for the purchase of a new piece of machinery is a fantastic way to assist in the development of our cooperatives.