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El Salvador Coffee Communities Fund

Stay tuned for updates on our next fundraising event - a farm party with live music in April!

Agroecology and Rural Livelihoods Group

El Salvador Coffee Communities Fund

The Coffee Communities Fund (CCF) seeks to provide financial support to community development projects, Participatory Action Research (PAR) and service learning, in partnership with coffee farming cooperatives and resource-poor farming families in El Salvador.


The fund is managed by Dr. Ernesto Méndez, Professor of Agroecology at UVM, his research group and collaborators. At this time, the fund primarily supports the work of the Association of Organic Coffee Producers of Western El Salvador (ACOES), a farmer cooperative consisting of 25 families in Tacuba, El Salvador. Currently, we are seeking to fund the following initiatives:

  • High school and college scholarships for youth from the ACOES cooperative;
  • A food security project to transition food crops to organic management;
  • Operational costs (staff, office, distribution management) for both ACOES and ASINDEC (Advising and Interdisciplinary Research for Development and Conservation), our NGO partner in El Salvador;
  • Provide funds for UVM students to conduct PAR and service learning projects in El Salvador;
  • Support a part-time staff person at UVM to fundraise for CCF.

The Coffee Communities Fund welcomes involvement from the UVM and Burlington communities, as well as friends and collaborators throughout the world. We seek support with fundraising, identifying grant opportunities, and participation in events. We also encourage donations of any size to the fund. Interested? Watch a short film about the farmers of ACOES to learn more, and check back here frequently for news about fundraising parties and educational events.

Last modified December 20 2012 02:10 PM

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