Latin America

It’s not often that coffee producers, exporters, roasters and baristas find themselves in the same room. But earlier this month, about 10,000 people from throughout the coffee value chain converged in Seattle for the Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Event and Symposium. This annual event is a major opportunity to network and build relationships, as well as exchange ideas on important issues affecting the coffee industry.

Tags: coffee   coffee cooperative   cooperatives   fair trade   Latin America   technical assistance   

Francisco Sambrana, 34, lives with his wife and two young children in Las Conchas, Nicaragua. He is a primary school teacher, and when he’s not in the classroom he’s often helping his kids with their homework or preparing lessons. He used to depend on candles, kerosene lamps, and flashlights to illuminate his work after sunset.

Tags: Latin America   off-grid   solar   solar lights   

Recently, Global Partnerships and Solubrite, a solar distribution company in Nicaragua, worked together to organize a one-day workshop in Ocotal, a city in northern Nicaragua and home to GP’s partner, FUNDENUSE.

Tags: FUNDENUSE   Latin America   Nicaragua   solar   solar light   

Donor travel has become a valuable and compelling way for nonprofit organizations working on international initiatives to engage their supporters and bring them closer to the action.

Tags: Friendship Bridge   FUNDEA   Guatemala   impact journeys   Latin America   travel   

My plane leaves Bogota, Colombia for Yopal at 6:09 am on a chilly and damp morning. I am disappointed to learn that I am seated in the last row in a window seat. However, I soon learn that I am fortunate to be in that seat.

Tags: Colombia   Fundaction Amanecer   impact measurement   Latin America   

Earlier this month, I was one of seven members from the GP team that flew to Ecuador to attend FOROMIC, an annual conference held by the Inter-American Development Bank.

Tags: Bolivia   due diligence   Ecuador   Foromic   Latin America   microcredit   microfinance   Peru   

Here in Seattle, the days are getting shorter, the air chillier, and stringed lights are beginning to appear throughout the city. The holiday season has arrived. Next week, many of you will spend Thanksgiving with loved ones, sharing a meal and reflecting on all that you're thankful for.

Tags: 20th anniversary   co-ops   coffee   Colombia   IMPACT Newsletter   Latin America   luncheon   OPIC   Rick Beckett   

Last week I traveled to Paraguay to meet with social enterprises, agricultural producers and a government official as part of our research into new investment opportunities.

Tags: agriculture   cooperatives   farmers   Latin America   Paraguay   producers