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Coffee for Peace ships beans to Canada
June 10, 2011
Winnipeg, MAN. — On May 9, 2011, Coffee for Peace exported their first shipment of coffee beans to Canada.
Coffee for Peace (CFP) is the initiative of Joji Pantoja who with her husband Daniel, is a Mennonite Church Canada worker in the Philippines through their ministry, Peacebuilders Community Inc. CFP sells organically cultivated, locally grown and roasted coffee beans for fair-trade prices, and operates a small street-front café where coffee brewed from those beans is served.
Level Ground Trading, a company founded by four Canadian families to help improve the lives of disadvantaged producers, will ship the beans to Canada. They will then be sold through Ten Thousand Villages, a non-profit Fair Trade Organization and a program of Mennonite Central Committee.
The coffee beans were grown by the B’lann First Nation in Mount Matutum region of Mindanao.
On May 30, 2011, those very principles helped CFP to win first place in the Business in Development (BiD) Challenge in the category for businesses with an impact on the bottom of the (societal ) pyramid. The BiD Challenge is sponsored by Philippines Business for Social Progress and Citi Bank.
SIDEBAR: Mennonite Church Canada workers win business award for ministry
On May 30, 2011 Coffee for Peace (CFB) won a first place award in the Business in Development (BiD) Challenge under the category for businesses with an impact on the bottom of the (societal) pyramid. The principles of faith guiding CFP helped them do it.
Coffee for Peace is the initiative of Joji Pantoja, who with her husband Daniel is a Mennonite Church Canada worker to the Philippines through their ministry, Peacebuilders Community Inc. The Pantojas believe fair and just business operations of all kinds are needed in peace building work. For true and lasting peace to take root, harmony must be established at four levels; harmony with the Creator (spiritual transformation), harmony with self (psycho-social transformation), harmony with others (socio-political transformation), and harmony with Creation (economic-ecological transformation).
A percentage of all CFP profits helps to support the peace and reconciliation work of Peacebuilders Community Inc.
The BiD Challenge is sponsored by Philippines Business for Social Progress and Citi Bank.