We are peace and reconciliation (PAR) advocates.

Peace and reconciliation (PAR) is based on regenerative-inclusive development.

We understand peace as enjoying harmony in our basic human relationships through the transforming power of God:

  • harmony with the Creator—spiritual transformation;
  • harmony with our being—psycho-social transformation;
  • harmony with others—socio-political transformation; and,
  • harmony with the creation—economic-ecological transformation.

We understand reconciliation as building relationships between antagonists. The primary goal is to seek innovative ways to create a time and a place to address, to integrate, and to embrace the painful past and the necessary shared future as a means of dealing with the present.

When PBCI makes a covenant with our community partners, we see and understand regenerative-inclusive development as follows:

By regenerative, we mean a normal process of self-reproduction, renewal, or restoration of an ecological system toward a better, higher, or more worthy state. While we start with sustainability — which is the ability to maintain ecological systems at a certain rate or level — we want to seek regenerative development as a foundational principle in this development initiative.
By inclusive development, we mean (a) enjoying a high, regenerative growth to create and expand economic opportunities; (b) experiencing broader access to opportunities to ensure that members of society can participate and benefit from growth; and, (c) having social safety nets to prevent extreme deprivation.

We sustain PAR through the multiplication of social entrepreneurs.

We propagate PAR by training young social entrepreneurs. And we expect them to apply PAR principles in the practical world of business.

Our interns combine commerce and social issues in a way that improves the lives of people connected to our ministry of reconciliation. We measure the social entrepreneurs’ success not in terms of profit alone. Our social entrepreneurial interns measure success in terms of people, peace, progress, partnership, and planet.

We produce quality coffee as our iconic product for peace and reconciliation.

The social enterprise, to us, are businesses that make money and work toward improving the peace and reconciliation journey of our land. By selling quality goods and services to consumers, which we determine through market research, we seek to help solve conflicts in our land in a sustainable way.

The people who are often attracted to social entrepreneurial principles and practices are those who dream, and are willing to work hard and smart, towards solving a social problem. In turn, social entrepreneurs attract consumers who want to help social problems every time they spend money on something they need or want.

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What others are saying about us

Coffee farming is helping indigenous people in the Philippines to protect the environment, preserve their ancestral lands and secure their financial future. They are doing so through an organization called Coffee for Peace, one of the winners of a UN-backed award that celebrates innovation. 

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NEWS UN / UNDP

Beyond helping coffee growers get a better deal, CfP aims to encourage dialogue between communities, with tensions ranging from colonial-era conflict between native Muslims and Christian settlers to land and resource disputes between ethnic groups. 

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Kieran Guilbert / Thomas Reuters Foundation

Coffee for Peace is creating a system for the indigenous people of the Philippines to give them a way to succeed and to help them achieve things that they would not be able to do without the training that they receive from the company. They help people solve their own personal disputes with others while also helping them to earn a livelihood in order to provide for their families. They help connect people and give them hope.

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Salmaan Kapdi, Samiha Huque, Joslyn Mejicano / Authors

Professor Charles Wankel / St. John’s University