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the Rooster's Resume

Since our inception, we have taken no salaries. All funds raised go towards our work in Haiti. Once our Haitian farmer partners are on their way towards self-sustainability, will seek compensation (our nonprofit has taken on a life of it's own & our time commitment has grown exponentially which has distracted us from our day jobs. We love it but it's killing us - in a good way).

We are hands-on, practical Humanitarians who embrace and then exceed Fair Trade practices; we believe one path to autonomy is through economic development via agriculture. Our method includes:

* Raising, stabilizing incomes of small-scale farmers by paying premium prices (much higher than fair trade).

* Developing long-term relationships with small scale, farmer-owned cooperatives where we support their growth.

* Providing access to affordable credit. This is probably the most important thing we do.

* Equitably distributing economic gains. We return 100% of proceeds from coffee sales to farmer producers through a comprehensive approach to improve their business. Numerous Examples

* Managing the entire supply chain: it's a lot of work to do EVERYTHING, but it was out of necessity. No middlemen means more goes back to Haiti. When the National Platform is ready, it makes sense for them to take over coffee exporting from Haiti.

* Increasing the commercial capacities of producer groups. Case Study: domestic coffee roastery

* Promoting labor rights and the right of workers to organize. Case Study: PNPCH

* Connecting consumers and producers. We provide farmers direct access to markets. By helping farmers to improve crops, paying premium prices for those crops and then transforming and marketing those crops on behalf of farmers, we've created a farmer-to-table model for rural coffee communities.

* We tirelessly increase consumer awareness and engagement with issues impacting producers through our website, press releases, e-news, public speaking, trade shows, and our work.

* We are actively seeking external monitoring, auditing, and certification of our practices by independent third-parties -- if you know of a kind-hearted (low or no cost) accountant in the Madison Wisconsin area, send him/her our way. Tell him/her we're well organized, have great records & won't be tons of work.

Higher than Fair Trade Prices:

The new, small producer label has a guaranteed minimum of $1.60/lb to coffee producers no matter what.

Then, each year's fair trade price is calculated by taking the coffee future prices from NY "C" price + adding in a social premium factor + organic grower factor, if relevant

In 2012, this translated to $2.68 + .20 social premium + .20 organic = $3.08/lb

Each year, Singing Rooster has far exceeded fair trade values, and in 2012, we paid a premium $4.00 per pound. PLUS we return 100% of proceeds from coffee sales back to farmer communities in the form of agricultural, small business management, and entrepreneurial development grants.

Our Leadership :

Molly Nicaise, co-founder and CEO of Singing Rooster, is skilled in small business management and market development. In her day job, she owns a boutique-marketing firm in Madison Wisconsin and assists local entrepreneurs with business start-up. She brings skill and knowledge of product development, branding, and sales to Haiti where farmers crave autonomy. They, like all mothers and fathers, want to support families through work and living wages. Opening up markets to farmers and paying premium prices for crops, is a movement towards self-sustainability. Molly's favorite quote : "Farmers, not middlemen, will transform Haiti." Her second favorite quote? You'd have to take her to the Cardinal to find out.

Molly Nicaise, Singing Rooster builds the Haitian economy through coffee

Christophe Nicaise, co-founder of Singing Rooster, was born in France and has added Haitian Creole to his language abilities. A skilled entrepreneur, Christophe owns his own water technologies company - Innovative Waters. He spends a lot of time on the ground in Haiti facilitating and managing our work with farmers. He serves as the Rooster’s treasurer and jack of all trades. He's a kind, gentle sort who has a hard time saying no -- which is why everybody enjoys working with him. Ask any coffee cooperative in Haiti about Christophe & they'll crow his praises. Christophe's favorite quote: "To whom much is given, much is expected."

Christophe Nicaise, Singing Rooster builds the Haitian economy through coffee.

Saurin Nanavati is Singing Rooster's Director of Business Development. Saurin brings much experience to the Rooster; previously he managed Root Capital's financial advisory program, implemented a mobile phone-based agriculture extension system in Uganda, was the program director at an organic fair trade cotton cooperative in India, served as a technical adviser for USAID's microenterprise development program in Armenia, and is a former Peace Corps volunteer in Panama. Saurin's favorite quote, "One simple act. Drink coffee."

Saurin Nanavati is Singing Rooster's new Director of Business Development
Our on the ground support team in Haiti -- Alphonse St. Louis & Fedner Exantus -- work tirelessly crisscrossing Haiti to reach remote coffee communities. Several quality improvement methods are implemented as well as training in small business management. These guys have helped farmers improve export yields by over 30%.

Fedner's favorite quote: "I wish the road were nicer to my tires."
Alphonse: "Hey, you're getting really close to the edge of the cliff."

Singing Rooster builds the Haitian economy through coffee

Our agronomists travel long hours to every corner of Haiti to guide farmer cooperatives.

Our Board:

Elizabeth van der Weide has a PhD in analytical chemistry and MA in accounting. She has worked in sales & marketing and feels happiest being a connector, linking people and institutions for synergistic benefit, but herself working behind the scenes. Elizabeth likes recruiting bricks, and is happy being the mortar that binds them together. In this respect, she is similar to Haiti, whose greatest strength is the bonds that hold the people together, even if they themselves have nothing.

Karen Kallerud is an Independent Non-Profit Organization Management Professional currently serving the United Way of Dane County Foundation. Karen Kallerud's involvement is essential for United Way to make an impact on issues like academic achievement, homelessness, and the independence of seniors in Dane County.

Regina Lloren McConnell - Regina has a long outreach history, working in leadership positions in impoverished neighborhoods in Madison and then serving as the FoodShare Outreach Specialist/Agency Representative at Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin. Being experienced in Nonprofit Organization Management, Regina brings excellent ideas about market development for Haitian coffee.

Jeff Friedrich is the Manager at Forensics Laboratory, Medtox Laboratories, Minneapolis. Jeff is a Green Belt certified management professional that gets results through aligning the business strategy with department objectives, engaging the workforce and measuring results. Extensive experience implementing policies and procedures that improve quality, cost, delivery and safety. Demonstrated ability to coach and mentor high performance cross functional teams that deliver short term and long term business results.

Our Partners

Feed My Starving Children is a Minnesota based powerhouse - working the world over to eradicate hunger. They also value investing in countries where they feed children -- to support economy-building so that parents grow capable of feeding families. We are thrilled by their support.

SERRV - retail giant & one of the first fair trade initiatives worldwide, SERRV began offering the Rooster's Haitian coffee in 2011. We couldn't be more thankful.

Equator Coffees & Teas: Brooke McDonnell and Helen Russell have been tireless in their donations, advice, and guidance. We thank these women who believe in our work and cherish them deeply.

Just Coffee - Madison's original champion of justice for farmers has been integral in our development. We thank them for their kindness, guidance and overall solidarity.

CRS - Catholic Relief Services collaborates with Singing Rooster to redevelop coffee in the Beaumont region. We discuss issues, share resources, and help farmers make long-term connections.

The French organization, InterAide, has been an invaluable partner with the Rooster & coffee farmers in the Artibonite area.

Noulacoop - a Canadian based organization works side by side with the Rooster to help build solidarity among farmers.

Root Capital - is a nonprofit social investment fund that grows rural prosperity in poor, environmentally vulnerable places by lending capital. They also work with the Rooster to deliver financial training to select farmer co-ops, and they help to create market connections for coffee farmers.

Solidarité-Haïti - a Canadian-based nonprofit collaborates with Singing Rooster by helping to establish coffee seedling nurseries and other economic development activities that support the Marigot community.

The HaitiProject.org has raised over $30,000 in 3 years just by selling Singing Rooster's coffee. We've helped other nonprofits to raise thousands for their own work in Haiti -- $150,000 & counting.

Colorado Haiti Project - a non-profit founded in 1989 to extend aid to the poorest of the poor in a rural area called Petit Trou de Nippes, about 80 miles west of Port-au-Prince.

Help the Aged - Canadian-based agency dedicated to improving the quality of life of the elderly poor, supporting their independence and inclusion, and providing services and programs to relieve distress, poverty and sickness.

We're partnering with St. Charles Borromeo Church in Arlington VA to provide preharvest financing to a farmer cooperative near Les Cayes. The Rooster's growing popularity prevents us from pre-financing all groups. St. Charles Borromeo stepped in because they've been working with 5 sister communities near Les Cayes for years.

BJ Transport of Afton Minnesota was instrumental in moving our coffee from Florida to Wisconsin quickly and for awesome prices. Thanks for storing the beans while our facility was in preparation.

Our Haitian partners are many

The markers describe most of our partners & big-picture goals.

Also, we have spent a great deal of time describing in detail examples of our work.

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Singing Rooster is a registered 501 (c)3 nonprofit and established social enterprise. We provide on-the ground assistance and direct market access to coffee farming communities in Haiti for the sake of self-sustainability, dignity & economic autonomy. We meet then EXCEED principles of fair trade.

We partner with small scale, farmer-owned cooperatives to help cultivate and process high quality, gourmet Haitian coffee. Then we buy / export crops at premium prices and create new markets for it: roasted coffee, green coffee beans for home or commercial roasters, fundraising with coffee, and wholesale coffee to commercial roasters, cafes, and stores.

By helping farmers to improve crops, paying premium prices for those crops and then transforming and marketing those crops on behalf of farmers, we've created a direct farmer-to-table model for rural communities. We return 100% of proceeds of coffee sales back to farmers and their communities for continued economic development.

Singing Rooster Haitian Coffee is a gold star member of GuideStar

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