Now launching... Courage Coffee!
15 years ago I learned I lived in a world where children are sold for sex. I vowed to do something – I just had no idea what. Later I learned from the FBI that there were little to no services for these children once they were rescued. They needed a home. So we built them one (rather two – one in California and one in Moshi, Tanzania) and are determined to build a Courage House in every city that needs one around the world.
How would this enormous vision be funded? I had no idea.
So I prayed.
In my spirit, I sensed that I was to study coffee sales and cafe revenues here in the U.S. and around the world. I was stunned at the enormous amount of money we spend on coffee – good coffee! From that prayer, Courage Cafes and Courage Coffee became a part of the funding vision for Courage Worldwide.
I am so excited to announce that though it has taken 15 years, that prayer and dream has become a reality – thanks to the help of some amazing strategic partners listed below. Drink up! Every cup matters!
Jenny Williamson, Founder/CEO
The Kilimanjaro Region of Tanzania has an extra special place in our hearts. At the base of majestic Mount Kilimanjaro is the quaint town of Moshi where our first international Courage House has been open for over ten years, along with Courage House Too (our transition program) and the flagship Courage Café. This is the region where Courage Coffee is grown and harvested.
(Pictured left to right: Courage House, Courage House Too, Courage Café)
As an organization, it is our mission to support survivors of trafficking in their journey to healing and restoration. We do this through Courage Houses.
Courage House is a safe home, loving family and the fulfillment of all basic needs, trauma-informed counseling and care, specialized education on campus, and continued support through college education until each resident can stand on her own as an independent, young woman.
Kilimanjaro Plantation Ltd.
The slopes of Mt. Kilimanjaro are the origin of some of the world’s best Arabica coffee. Originally introduced by missionaries in the late 1800s, the tropical climate and geography of the mountain are perfectly suited for this crop and it has become a staple in this region. With soil rich in nutrients and an optimal altitude, plantations and small “shambas” (farms) alike cultivate world-class coffee beans to be roasted and enjoyed all over the world.
While the history of coffee production in the Kilimanjaro region began with plantations, it was then privatized by the government in the 1970s. As a period of unproductiveness followed, the private sector and village leadership were brought back in to revitalize the coffee industry.
From 1999 to 2003, Kilimanjaro Plantation merged eight adjoining estates to create the current property area through lease agreements with four village cooperatives. The nearby communities used this income to maintain and expand their schools, hospitals, water supply and overall social support. Kilimanjaro Plantation is a provider for hundreds (even thousands at certain times of year) of jobs in this rural community, creating economic opportunities and growth in the community.
Currently, there are 1.2 million coffee trees across Kilimanjaro Plantation. KPL’s environmental and labor codes meet international standards. As our neighbors in the Moshi region, we have witnessed the incredible coffee production process and seen the smiling faces working hard to provide us with the highest quality coffee beans that make their way to your morning cup of joe.
TK Coffee & Commodities + Clayton Coffee & Tea
15 years ago, the CEO of TK Coffee & Commodities, Tom Kilty, was the neighbor of Courage Worldwide’s Founder. Jenny shared the dream of Courage Coffee and Courage Cafe with Tom. He offered his advice and expertise in bringing the green coffee to the U.S. for roasting as well as referring us to Gretchen Peek, CEO of Clayton Coffee & Tea, who is one of the few women roasters in the U.S.
Gretchen and her team have created a unique blend – The Hope Blend – for Courage Worldwide.
15 years ago these two coffee professionals generously agreed to assist in bringing Courage Coffee to market. When you drink a cup of coffee, remember it is proof that dreams do come true!
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