Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Abyssian Fund Helps Farmers in Ethiopia

Coffee is the second most-traded commodity in the world, after oil, yet farmers in Ethiopa (the birthplace of coffee) earn an average of $1 a day. The Abyssian Fund, a non-governmental organization founded by the Abyssian Baptist Church, is working to alleviate this disparity by joining forces with a co-op of 700 coffee farmers in Ethiopia. The fund hopes to double the farmers' incomes in five years by hiring coffee specialists to teach improved planting and harvesting techniques as well as by purchasing scissors, shears and mechanized pickers to ensure that beans are harvested correctly. The fund has raised $130,000 so far, a third of their goal.

- Clara Hill