In the US, UMF is supported by a broad network of dedicated supporters. These supporters give their time, finances and expertise to progress the work of the organization. From lawyers, to businessmen, to pastors, and professors, these people are part of a strong foundation that continues to build resources so that UMF can create prosperity for the farmers in Honduras. UMF employees in the US work with these people daily to coordinate their efforts into success on the ground in Honduras.
One of the main tasks of UMF employees in the US is the marketing of Honduran coffee. As many of you know, UMF purchases this coffee from its farmers at above fair trade value, ships it to the US and then works to find a market for it. All proceeds from the coffee then go back to the organization to fund microloans and the agricultural training that UMF provides. UMF believes that to break the cycle of poverty and create a cycle of prosperity, it is vitally important to open new markets for our farmers.
The coffee effort has been growing steadily and surely. From churches to farmers markets, to restaurants, roasters and businesses, the coffee is finding consumers that love the taste of the coffee and the message it stands for.
With many of the groups and individuals that are a part of the organization, UMF also coordinates trips to Honduras. This gives people a chance to see first hand the farmers they are support and how the coffee they drink is produced. Trips are an important piece of what UMF does because it connects those in the states directly with the people and work in Honduras. No amount of pictures, presentations and explaining can make up for a trip to Honduras. All who go are profoundly changed. Employees in the US spend time coordinating these trips.
Well there is a small glimpse of UMF in the states. Thank you to all who have been part of the journey and welcome those of you who are newcomers.