NPR’s Coffee Week – Day 4

Thursday of last week, NPR published three coffee-related articles. I’m featuring Step Aside, Gents. Witness the Rise of Women in Coffee. The article discusses the correlation coffee_and_coffee_beans_closeup_boutique_picture_167075between coffee and poverty, focusing primarily on the International Women’s Coffee Alliance (IWCA).

I couldn’t find much on the web in the way of charity ratings for IWCA, but their website has some good info, including their annual report.

Though completely unrelated to coffee, this story reminded me of Bead For Life, and organization I have supported in the past. They are not strictly a charity. They teach women to make beautiful jewelry BeadForLifeNecklace_Thumbnail_2out of homemade beads, which they create out of paper. The jewelry is beautiful – you won’t believe it’s handmade. The women get a fair price for their product, which is sold primarily via “Bead Parties.” Think of it like a tupperware party, but for jewelry. It is a fun way to help women out of poverty without just writing a check and hoping for the best. If you can’t tell already, I’m a fan.

Random thoughts for the day: I just realized I mentioned tupperware and fair trade in the same post, two days in a row. I’m sure Freud would have something to say about that … Also, Miguelina again!