Let’s help Paul provide hope and a better future to the children of Ethiopia!
Ethiopia has suffered many civil wars. One of the biggest took place between 1974 and 1991 when over 1,4 million people were killed. Additionally, a widespread drought and famine left more than 700,000 people dead. Continuous political unrest and wars, including the 1998 to 2000 war with Eritrea, have contributed to Ethiopia being one of the poorest countries in the world – especially children struggle to survive on a daily basis.
Paul is an active and enthusiastic member of the Impact Corner Social Movement. Paul has experienced this first-hand when travelling through Ethiopia: the large number of infants roaming the streets – many left all to themselves, without shelter, food, education and healthcare. Older children taking care of the younger ones. Paul shared his food with them, but he knew that this was merely enough to help them in the long-term. Even many weeks after his return to Europe, the heartbreaking images of those orphans in the streets were stuck in his head, so Paul decided to do something about it. And he has an idea, he just needs help for turning it into reality.
Paul’s Method of Resolution
Despite all its struggles, Ethiopia holds huge potential to help itself. It is the origin of the coffee bean and produces one of the best qualities in the world. Especially fair trade coffee is becoming more and more popular, resulting in a steadily increasing demand. Yet, it is a business dominated by foreigners as the wherewithal needed is beyond the means of many Ethiopians.
Did you know?
- Approximately 30% of the population in Ethiopia lives in poverty
- Ethiopia has more children on the street than any other country
- Ethiopia has the most orphans in the world due to multiple civil wars
- 1,000 dollars donated to coffee seed plantation generates proceeds of 400%, which is sufficient to feed and educate 10 children up through university.
- It takes about 5 years for a coffee tree to bear its first full crop of beans and it will then remain productive for about 15 years.
- Ethiopian coffee beans are the best in the world.
- The Ethiopian children, who work day and night to produce the beans in the coffee you pay $4 in a restaurant for, receive only one loaf of bread for their harvest.
- Around 50 tons of coffee beans, equal to approximately $20 billion, is consumed each year globally
In order to end hunger, educate the children and provide homes to the homeless, Impact Corner is working on the establishment of a coffee bean production, where we provide not only employment but also trainings for the local people. The coffee beans are produced in Ethiopia under strict social and environmental obligations and sold through approved social label merchants that share the same ethical values. Impact Corner also invests in a number of already mature coffee trees to allow for the community to gain immediate proceeds. These proceeds from the fair trade coffee beans will be used to build schools, pay the teachers, provide free education and meals to the poor children. Additionally, a portion of the proceeds will be used to build homes and orphanages for the many children currently living on the streets.
- Children gain education, good nutrition and shelter.
- Jobs are created and knowledge is transferred to the inhabitants, empowering them and their community.
- Reduced mortality and child labour.
- The environment and climate are improved and protected.
- Jobless women are employed by the plantation; this promotes independency and reduces domestic abuse and violence.
About the Impact Corner Social Movement
Impact Corner is a social movement, an international non-profit organization based in Zurich, Switzerland, which initiates the establishment of social enterprises aimed at tackling issues with regards to poverty, health, education and the environment.
The main objective is to break the cycle of dependency in order to create sustainable solutions. Impact Corner empowers people in need to solve the problems by themselves. It achieves this by identifying sustainable concepts for the establishment of social enterprises, ensuring a thorough due diligence, facilitating the initial financing, and providing trainings as well as resources.
Impact Corner supervises these projects as well as their handover to the local authorities, and delivers measurable social, environmental as well as financial returns. Jobs are being created and funds generated from these businesses contribute to the development of the local community. They enable the building of schools, roads, hospitals and lead to a solid base for self- sufficient livelihoods.
Verena Neumann has started a crowdfunding campaign with a goal of raising $290,000. The fund raised will be used for the following expenses:
- Lease and set up of initial coffee factory location USD 90,000
- Initial coffee bean plantation that covers 2 plots (beans and labour) USD 90,000
- Initial processing cost for 2 tons (outsourced) USD 75,000
- Initial packaging and labelling cost for 2 tons (outsourced) USD 30,000
- 4 employees: farm, processing, production (6 months’ salary) USD 20,000
- Sales / Trade Manager (6 months’ salary) USD 5,000
About the expertise of the team (Sam and Nicolas): Each member, who joins our movement, adds valuable expertise to our team. For this specific project, it is Samuel taking the lead since he brings all the relevant knowledge. He has extensive experience concerning social impact projects, finance, lobbying and entrepreneurship. He held various managerial positions in multiple GE businesses globally, before moving into his current function as chief financial officer. Prior to relocating to Switzerland in 1997, Samuel successfully established multiple social enterprises in Africa. Samuel earned a Master in Business Administration (MBA) from the University Of St. Gallen Switzerland and currently writes publications and books on impact investing as part of his doctorate / PHD paper at the University of Zurich.
Part of the movement is also Nicolas, who further adds valuable expertise to this project as he built a charity approach that improves the farming conditions in Latin America – an achievement which has won him the Financial Times award in 2014. Nicolas has earned a Master in Communication Systems at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne and a Master in Business Administration (MBA) at the University of St. Gallen, where he has been coaching impact investment measurement classes.
First and foremost, there is no greater gift than giving. Thank you!
All amounts: Impact Corner donation certificate!
Pledge $100 – Sample of finest coffee beans produced on the plantation.
Pledge $200 – Impact Corner t-shirt or any of the above.
Pledge $400 – Personal video thank you from the Impact Corner team or any of the above.
Pledge $700 – Receive a copy of Impact Corner’s digital travel guide to Ethiopia or any of the above.
Pledge $800 – Playlist containing 20 songs by Ethiopian music artists or any of the above.
Pledge $1,000 – They’ll personally call to congratulate you on your birthday or any of the above.
Pledge $1,500 – Meet influencer (in person or via technology) or any of the above.
Pledge $2,000 – Personal tour of the plantation and school. (Excluding flight, accommodation and travel costs) or any of the above.
Thank you so much for any help you’re able to give. And please forward this campaign to anyone you think may be interested and willing to help.
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If you want to support this project, you can do so by donating on their Indiegogo page: