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Witness workers make front page news


Article from Mindanao Times.

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April 29, 2011
-Deborah Froese

Winnipeg, MAN.   A ministry providing a solid economic and ecological foundation for peace in the Philippines has garnered front page headlines for Mennonite Church Canada workers Daniel and Joji Pantoja.

The three page feature, Coffee for Peace: A Love Story by Patmei Bello Ruivivar, appears in the March 26 print issue of the Mindanao Times, a daily newspaper with a circulation of 10,000. The article explores how the Pantoja’s love story with each other, with God and Mindanao blossomed into Coffee for Peace, an initiative of their ministry, Peacebuilders Inc.

 Joji Pantoja has spent several years building relationships with the poorest of local coffee farmers whose income previously was at the mercy of global market prices. Coffee for Peace sells organically cultivated, locally grown and roasted coffee beans for fair-trade prices, and offers up ready made brew from its beans at a small street-front café.

According to the story, the Coffee for Peace brand recently won very high taste ratings for its B’Laan Arabica coffee from Level Ground Trading, a Canadian fair trade coffee company. Ten Thousand Villages stores have requested a 50 tons/month supply, but the Coffee for Peace can currently supply only 2 tons/year.

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