This aid was supported by the Dutch Development Bank (FMO) with a relief fund of €100,000 (about US$117,000).
This relief fund will have an impact on more than 4000 coffee farmers and their families nationwide.
Coffee producers are agents of change who have always been at the forefront of the progress of their communities. We are proud of their work and of being able to develop alliances that contribute to the well-being of their families. We are honoured to channel these funds and give back to the communities that give the world so much.Rosa Rivas, Director of Seeds for Progress Foundation
The fund will be invested in three fundamental elements: education, communication and awareness, and the supply of prevention kits to make sure that farmers have all the essential tools for the harvest season.
The efforts will start during July and end in September as the coffee harvest begins.
Caring for our communities is part of our purpose to build a better world of coffee. In the midst of the global crisis we are experiencing as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, it is our duty to take concrete measures to prevent the spread of the virus and safeguard the well-being of our beloved coffee-growing communities as the new harvest approaches.Jorge Eslaquit, Regional Manager of Mercon Coffee Group
All communication and awareness efforts will focus on providing important information to prevent the spread of coronavirus during the harvest season, including supplying informational materials to place on the farms and providing hygiene kits along with portable sinks in production areas.
The Seeds for Progress Foundation, together with Mercon Coffee Group, promote access to quality education in coffee communities as one of the most important instruments to achieve sustainable economic growth and improve the quality of life of its beneficiaries.