Make a Donation in Support of Our Program
The Cafe Solar® program is facilitated by non-profit Mesoamerican Development Institute (MDI) and our women’s co-operative, Cooperativa COMISUYL.
Make a donation to support Mesoamerican Development Institute’s efforts in:
• Increasing sustainability in the coffee industry using innovative clean energy technology and forest-friendly farming methods.
• Helping independent farmer organizations by providing economic security, valuable training and better job opportunities.
• Supporting women in important management positions in Central America.
Mesoamerican Development Institute (MDI) supports independent, fair trade coffee cooperatives, by equipping them with renewable energy processing technologies and innovative forest-friendly farming systems.
In addition to protecting threatened tropical forests, local coffee growers are provided a competitive advantage that value-added clean, efficient processing and export allow. Through MDI’s technology and programs:
• Local youth are trained to operate the processing and export center, providing good jobs and valuable skills using clean technology in rural communities.
• Women are given the opportunity to take on important leadership positions. In fact, both Cooperativa COMSIUYL and its processing and export facility feature women in management positions.
• Cooperativa COMISUYL and local producers of biofuel are adopting MDI’s award-winning (U.S. Forest Service’s “Wings Across the Americas”) agroforestry system, which conserves and expands natural forest habitat on coffee farms.
• This model of clean processing and forest-friendly farming is providing a model for the future in protecting national parks under threat by coffee production. (MDI and Cooperative COMISUYL have been designated as Co-managers of Pico Pijol National Park in order to expand our model of sustainable production)
• Consumers of Cafe Solar® are able to support the first off-grid coffee processing center that does not burn wood to industrially dry coffee.
How Funding is Used
For the current 2016/2017 harvest season, MDI is seeking funds for:
• Implementation and mapping of IOC pilot farms in Yoro, Honduras
• Continued on-site training for the preparation and export of coffee using clean technology
• Technical support for the processing of locally produced biofuel and onsite generation of electricity
• Documentation of the IOC project in preparation of a carbon trading program as incentive to protect the buffer zone of Pijol Pijol and Texiguat national parks, where coffee production is the primary threat to cloud forest