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  • Andrew Pham

    Excellent idea! I live on the Mekong and generally trek over to Laos for my coffee beans. Have you looked at getting your coffee into other non-profit social enterprise restaurants/hotels? These businesses and their clienteles would be very supportive of your venture. See Dragonfly in Camboida for example (http://www.spoonwiz.com/founding-haven/). Best wishes with this project!

    • janelle kacz

      Hi Andrew! I've actually checked out Founding Haven while I was in Siam Reap, but before Jhai Coffee House was ever conceptualized. What an amazing social enterprise they are! We will definitely contact them. Thank you for the tip!

      We'd love to meet you in Laos! Perhaps you can come visit and tour our project in Paksong sometime. We'll be moving there in September.
      Lets keep in touch! You can find us on FB at /jhaicoffeehouse.

      • Andrew Pham

        Hi Janelle! Great! Let me know if you need contact. Sara Wallimann is one of our contributors. Paksong is only a few days' bicycle ride from us. We'll tell all the bicycle tourists about Jhaicoffeehouse! :)

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      Amazing- thanks for the helpful resources Andrew. Great to see people connecting this way.

      • Andrew Pham

        Likewise, Alessandra! :)

  • Alessandra Rizzotti

    I find it interesting how the communities will be investing in the water pumps through their work at the coffee house. Correct me if that's totally wrong, but cool that you're doing this. Would love to know how coffee culture changes Laos. What have you noticed from the communities that have participated?

    • janelle kacz

      Thanks for your response Alessandra! We will be sourcing our coffee above fair and direct trade prices and so farmers will immediately begin to see the benefits of selling their coffee at a premium. Also these communities will be directly supported by Jhai as our organization will build demand the coffee of this region. This will come through two avenues; serving the 200 tourists the visit the Bolaven Plateau each day, plus building a web presence for our the JCFC cooperative so that roasters around the globe can contact us to purchase larger container loads of coffee. We will take all profits from the sale of coffee and fund clean water and sanitation for the 58 villages who make up the JCFC.

      We require a co-investment of 15% of the clean water project costs and will walk away from any community that doesn't see the value in this investment. This buy-in creates pride, ownership and project sustainability; a desire to keep the water projects flowing. We also sign a contract between the government, the village Chief and our water contractor, ensuring that the water contractor fixes the pump in the first year if anything goes wrong. This gives us and the community an entire year to form a water board and collect small taxes from the families for the upkeep of the water pump.

      We're excited to get this 100% philanthropic social business up and running! We see Jhai becoming a completely self sustaining model of philanthropy that will become a precedent for other countries around the world.