PROMISE

Our three-pronged promise to our partners

Our promise is rooted in our history. Coffee for Peace, Inc. (CFP) was established on April 15, 2008 in Davao City. It began when the founders facilitated an informal conflict mediation in the field between a Migrant farmer and a Bangsamoro neighbor. The two were trying to kill each other for the ownership of the rice field ready for harvest, regardless of who planted the rice or who owned the land.  Instead of shooting each other, the two were invited for a dialogue over coffee.  Since then, the two avoided killing each other. They started inviting other members of the community to have coffee together — for peace.

CFP started as an Income Generating Program (IGP) of the PeaceBuilders Community, Inc. (PBCI)—a Mennonite peacebuilding movement in the Philippines that exists (a) to train and multiply effective Peace and Reconciliation (PAR) Team Leaders; (b) to support the leaders in organizing and nurturing their respective PAR Teams; (c) to establish contextually-relevant PAR Communities; and, (d) to develop a Network of PAR Communities.

To enable PBCI to become self-sustainable, an IGP was created to support its mission.

However, due to the organic social involvement of CFP, it became a separate business entity with the following mission:

:: To protect and enhance the environment

:: To walk with the farmers as they strive to improve their lives

:: To support the peacebuilders on the field.

Coffee for Peace has been training farmers on Arabica production, the principles of fair trade, trading policies and pricing, for the past 8 years. Aside from working in Mindanao, CFP has also trained coffee farmers in the Cordillera Region and is looking forward to train more in the different provinces of northern Philippines.