Pictured above: Lead Farmers from Now Africa Initiative, a social enterprise in Southwestern Uganda founded and led by Denis Twinamatsiko. Used with permission.
This past year has presented monumental challenges for the world, and here at The Chain Collaborative (TCC), we have felt the impacts of this global upheaval.
The question for us over the past several months has been the following: in light of a global pandemic, record-high temperatures, and the renewed call for anti-racist legislation and civil rights around the world, how can we as TCC use our platform to account for these realities and increase our resilience as a non-profit moving forward?
The answer for us has been to leverage our network of existing (and future!) supporters to develop a Rapid Response Fund as an end-of-year campaign.
Between now and the end of the calendar year, we are working with a variety of collaborators to raise money from individuals and companies offline, through this page, and through an online auction. All money raised will go to our Rapid Response Fund to facilitate emergency spending for our Change Leader partners as needs arise in 2021.
In this past year alone, we have leveraged our network in order to:
-Provide food relief to smallholder coffee-farming families in Guatemala and Uganda
-Launch a homeschooling program in rural Uganda
-Support out-of-work baristas in Washington State
Moving into 2021, TCC aims to have a continued fund that we can turn to when we need to take immediate action. With your support, we can respond to climate disasters, food insecurity, racial injustice, and the ongoing consequences of the global pandemic.
Will you join us today? You'll be in good company. Below are the names of those companies already committed:
Coffee Project NY, Collaborative Coffee Source, Sourceress, Cimbali, Be Leaf Green, Bee Our Guest, Juniors Roasted Coffee, Project Buna, Semilla, Women in Coffee Project, Urnex, and 49th Parallel Coffee Roasters.
To thank them for their commitment, each of these companies will join a webinar led by Bethaney Wilkinson, founder of The Diversity Gap. If you want to learn more about Bethaney and how TCC is working to diversify our board and take action to promote equity, inclusion, and anti-racism in coffee, please email email@example.com.