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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 are tireless in our efforts to 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.

References: Our biggest supporters and others who know us well:

SERRV is a nonprofit organization with a mission to eradicate poverty wherever it resides by providing opportunity and support to artisans and farmers worldwide. They are one of our oldest and best customers & can't say enough about how much we appreciate their support.

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.

Inter-American Bank of Development - collaborates with Singing Rooster by providing funding and guidance for our work in the Marigot coffee sector. Our collaboration.

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.

CRS - Catholic Relief Services is working with Singing Rooster to help 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.

Haiti Help Med - of Orlando improves the quality of Haitian people living in the back country of Miragoane and Paillant, Haiti. We're collaborating with Dr. Ralph Gousse on helping to redevelop the coffee sector.

The has raised over $28,000 in 3 years just by selling Singing Rooster's coffee. We've helped other nonprofits to raise thousands for their own work in Haiti.

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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