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Java Mountain Coffee Deal Share Impact Trip Report

28 February 2020

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Faye Goh

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Social Purpose Organisation Details

Java Mountain Coffee is an Indonesian social enterprise committed to empowering women farmers and providing farm fresh sustainably-sourced Indonesian coffee.

In 2018, they successfully established 2 all-women coffee farmer membered cooperatives financed through their Women’s Empowerment Innovation Fund — the first of its kind in Bali. The fund also finances training for the women farmers and certification programmes under the Fairtrade and Rainforest Alliance.

Above all, they are committed to integrating innovative climate-smart solutions throughout their value chain to mitigate and adapt to the changing climate. Part of this is reflected in their core mission to plant 3 million climate resistant coffee and shade trees by 2030 to ensure consistent harvest that continues to sustain the livelihoods of their women farmers through extreme weather conditions.

Impact Trip Overview

The trip brought 16 delegates representing impact investors, grant makers, foundations and corporates to the mountainous farm source and residency of one of their two cooperatives, Bali Mountain Women’s Coffee Cooperative.

Delegates had the opportunity to spend the afternoon with the women farmers to witness first-hand, their day-to-day tasks at the coffee plantation and bean processing facility. Through conversations with representatives of JMC, delegates were able to gather a deepened understanding of the core challenges that served as a foundational part in the establishment of the enterprise and subsequently its two cooperatives.  Some commitments include:

  • Empowering rural indigenous women
  • Sustaining good harvests through the changing climate
  • Advocating for climate-safe solutions

Key Takeaways

  • Strong purpose and clear organisational objectives have allowed JMC to pave a stable foundation toward success. However, common shortfalls faced by small enterprises alike rang true to some of their key business pillars.
  • Operational processes, brand awareness and marketing are some of the areas that need most refinement.
  • Potential ways of collaboration:
    • Funding to improve equipment, education, training and technical abilities.
    • Access to suppliers in the hospitality and F&B industries.

“This was an excellent initiative and I hope it is repeated in future. So much of our work is conceptual so this was a unique experience to be out in the field and to bring this to life. It reminded me that each organisation is faced with great idiosyncratic but also systematic complexity. This makes the job of finding suitable investees a significant challenge but ultimately rewarding to be able to help an organisation with their funding needs.”

References

A. Environmental Stewardship
To protect the environment, we organize programmes like mangrove nursery and Reforestation, Coastal and River Clean-Up, Community Based Environmental Solid Waste Management, Environmental IEC Campaign and Eco-Academy

B. Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood
To ensure a sustainable livelihood for the community, eco-tourism include Buhatan River Cruise Visitor Center Buhatan River Mangrove Boardwalk are run by the community. Others include Organic Vegetable and Root crops Farming, Vegetable and Root crops Chips and by-products Processing and establishing a Zero waste store.

C. Empowered Communities
To empower the community, we provide product and Agri-Enterprise Development Training, Immersion and Learnings Exchange Program, Earth Warrior Training and Community Based Social Entrepreneurship Training

Author

Faye Goh

Faye is a Senior Product Associate with the Capital Mobilisation team at AVPN. She works closely with the team to bridge the gap between AVPN members and impact organisations by ensuring effective deployment of financial, intellectual and human capital to grow and scale impactful solutions through unlocking strategic collaboration opportunities. Faye joins AVPN shortly after completing her undergraduate degree at the London School of Economics & Political Science. Heavy involvement in pro bono work with various social development organisations throughout her time at university was key in steering her interests toward the sphere of sustainable development. A number of these projects gave her the opportunity of working with NGOs based in a wide range of lower-income countries such as Malawi, Honduras, Kenya and Thailand, where she worked towards solving issues faced by organisations operating within the financial inclusion/accessibility and renewable energy spaces. Through such work, she developed a keen interest in further exploring developmental models that ultimately serve to eliminate root causes and structural conditions that result in persisting issues such as social exclusion and climate change. At AVPN, she is excited to work closely with the social sector to propel impact organisations who embody such models and solutions to scale and spread their impact.

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