Las Nubes is located between Matagalpa and Jinotega, high up in the mountains known as the Zone of Gold, far from the nearest town. The community is made up of mostly small, often economically-disadvantaged farmers. Because of the history of poverty, war and natural disasters; the community is in need of rebuilding or establishing basic needs such as schools, roads and water resources. Gold Mountain Coffee Growers has played an important role in rebuilding the community by advocating for higher wages for the local coffee farmers which has helped the local economy. However, there is still much work that needs to be done.
The school in Las Nubes is in need of educational tools such as books, posters, dictionaries and maps. They could also use other basic school essentials such as desks, computers, first-aid kits, file cabinets, and sinks. Our goal is to help raise $2,000-$4,000 to help the community purchase many of the needed educational and school items.
Nicaragua is the second poorest country in the western hemisphere after Haiti. The country overcame dictatorship and civil war before being devastated by Hurricane Mitch in 1998, which killed thousands, rendered 20% of the population homeless and caused an estimated $300 million worth of damage. Relying on tourism and agricultural exports to sustain its economy, the country produces excellent quality coffee, typically grown in the highlands of the northern and central mountain ranges.
Gold Mountain Coffee is a social enterprise that empowers coffee producers in Matagalpa by connecting their specialty coffee harvests directly with small coffee roasters such as Joe Bean Coffee Roasters, located in the city of Rochester, NY. Joe Bean Coffee has been working with Gold Mountain Coffee Growers since 2012 and had the opportunity to visit the area this past summer to meet the farmers, see the quality of their work and experience the needs of the community first-hand. Partnerships such as the one between Gold Mountain Coffee Farmers and Joe Bean Coffee Roasters are an important part of rebuilding coffee producing communities. Together, they forge a connection between top-notch coffee available in Rochester and real, tangible good accomplished in communities such as Las Nubes.