Insomnia Fairtrade Projects
Insomnia Fairtrade Projects
Insomnia Fairtrade Community Projects
In 2021 we're celebrating 15 years of having 100% Fairtrade Coffee!
Our Community Projects
Every year, since 2009, we have taken part in Fairtrade Fortnight, where a percentage from each hot beverage sold is donated to our nominated Insomnia Community projects. Thus far, we have raised over £147,787 for these nominated community projects.
One of our biggest projects, which started back in February 2014, raising over £31,916, saw the construction of a student Infirmary and Dispensary for the Hekima Girls School in Bukoba, Tanzania, where malaria is a big issue. The objective for this project was to take care of student’s health, ease the school nurses burden of commuting to and from hospitals, while also greatly reduce involving healthy students in nursing the sick and therefore ultimately promote students’ academic performance. Construction of the infirmary was completed late 2016, which you can read about below.
Fairtrade Fortnight 2021
During this years’ Fairtrade Fortnight we’ll supporting the producers of our Voyager Coffee – The COCAFCAL Co-op in Honduras. This year we raised an incredible £17,469 which will go directly to our nominated project in the COCAFCAL Co-op to promote leadership and Youth entrepreneurship.
- Providing accredited diploma programmes in leadership and business management.
- Training future coffee producers of the cooperative and successful entrepreneurs.
- Supporting the development and sustainable growth of small enterprises in the community.
The Cooperativa Cafetalera Capucas Limitada, commonly known as COCAFCAL or simply, Capucas, was founded by Omar Rodríguez Interiano in 1999 in Las Capucas, western Honduras.
Once an established coffee producer, Rodríguez decided to share his knowledge with other coffee growers in the region, forming the cooperative.
Today, the organization is made up of 359 small-scale coffee producers, of which 18% are women.
Widely known in the coffee industry, COCAFCAL works to promote sustainable development and support the local economy. As a part of their mission, the organization aims to reduce poverty and improve the quality of life in rural communities throughout the region.
Fairtrade Fortnight 2020
In 2020, we raised an amazing £22,000 during Fairtrade Fortnight, all funds raised went directly to the ACODIHUE (Asociacion de Cooperacion al Desarrollo Integral de Huehuetenango) Cooperative in Guatemala with the aim of Empowering and Advancing Women within the Coffee Industry.
- Financial independence for the women of the ACODIHUE cooperative in Guatemala
- Technical training to ensure higher levels of productivity on the farms
- Improved management processes for coffee cultivation
ACODIHUE was founded in 1996 in the city of Huehuetenango, Guatemala. The mission of ACODIHUE is to contribute to the sustainable social economic development of partner organisations and the local population through the provision of services, the promotion of value chains and entrepreneurship. It was one of the first organisations to promote coffee grown by its members under the label of “Café a Manos de Mujer” (“Coffee Made by Women”). The initiative has been successful and the coffee of ACODIHUE is already recognised in the international market. However, the women now want to use better production in the planting of the crop to increase productivity without jeopardising the quality of the coffee produced.
Fairtrade Fortnight 2019
In 2009, we worked directly with the producers of our hugely popular Voyager Coffee, the Manizales Coffee Cooperative. 5 cents was donated from every Hot Beverage sold during Fairtrade Fortnight, February 25th to March 10th 2019. The total amount raised was £18,747.
- Provide eco-efficient cookers and kitchens to families and improve coffee quality conditions at farm level.
- Improve health and living conditions of cooperative members and their families
- Aid environmental protection; resulting in a reduction in the demand for wood to a sustainable level
- Empower women at farm level
Manizales Coffee Cooperative
The cooperative produce our Voyager Medium Roast which provides a sweeter taste, it is balanced with both acidity and sugar and has notes of dark chocolate, malt, red fruit and a little squeeze of grapefruit. We recommend that it is served as a Flat White or tall sized coffee.
The Manizales Coffee Growers' Cooperative was founded on 22 August 1960 with the aim of providing coffee producers fair prices, cash payment and fair weight when buying and selling coffee. Today, with 59 years of experience, the cooperative ensures the collective interests of its members by providing commercial and social programmes and services to improve the quality of life of farmers and their families. The social programmes include pensions, an education programme, health services and funeral grants.
Fairtrade Fornight 2018
In 2018, we raised £13,210 which went directly to our nominated project of the ASOBAGRI Coffee Cooperative, in Guatemala, with the aim to empower Women within the coffee industry in Latin America.
- Improve market access for coffee produced by the female members of the ASOBAGRI Coffee Cooperative
- Promote the participation of women in the cooperative activities
- Develop a coffee retail outlet for ASOBAGRI
- Brand identity development for two coffee profiles produced by women
ASOBAGRI Coffee Cooperative
ASOBAGRI has 278 indigenous women members involved in the production of Fairtrade coffee. The cooperative has been prioritising the inclusion of Women in the association governing bodies and in the decision-making processes, to rule out decisions in favour of gender equality in local organizations like municipalities, associations, financial and companies in Guatemala.
Women in ASOBAGRI have a certification for the coffee they produced - “Coffee in Women’s hands”, which allows them to sell in special market niches. This is an achievement for ASOBAGRI and for the women who have been fighting discrimination and impartiality in Guatemala.
Fairtrade Fortnight 2017
With the completion of the Infirmary in Hekima girls school, Insomnia have moved quick to select our latest Fairtrade Community Project. The £12,456 raised through Fairtrade Fortnight 2017 went directly to the ACPC Pichanaki Coffee Cooperative (CAC PICHANAKI ACPC), in Peru.
The project aims to raise funds towards the construction of a Youth Centre for young members and the children of members and workers involved in production of Fairtrade certified coffee in Peru.
- Have a local centre which will facilitate the training of young coffee growers in the Junin region, with a view to including youth in the coffee business
- Develop events, courses in technical training and business management for young members of the coffee organisations, including women.
- Develop cultural events for youth
ACPC Pichanaki Agrarian Coffee Cooperative
ACPC Pichanaki Agrarian Coffee Cooperative is an organisation of 302 coffee producers (64 women and 238 men). Founded 15 years ago, it became Fairtrade certified in 2009 and now sells its coffee to Canada, the US and throughout Europe, continually improving its quality and sustainability. As part of its effort to ensure its future, the cooperative believes that it is essential to involve its young members and the children of its members, encouraging their commitment to the organisation. To this end, it is keen to build a training centre to improve and professionalise the training of its members in tasks such as pruning, seed management, pest and disease assessment, waste water management, quality control, coffee roasting, barista training and business management.
The immediate beneficiaries will be 100 young coffee farmers and children of members and workers in ACPC Pichanaki coffee cooperative and 10 other small coffee cooperatives in the Junin region.
By working with Fairtarde Co-ops we ensure that farmers receive an agreed standard price as well as a premium which can be used for business and community development, thus protecting the land they farm for future generations.
We feel our involvement shouldn’t stop there, developing the lives of these communities so that they can sustain future growth is part and parcel of what we believe in and what we feel is right, this is why we take part in Fairtrade Fortnight each year, raising funds for designated Insomnia Fairtrade projects.
Fairtrade Fortnight 2014-2016
The funds raised during Fairtrade Fortnight 2014 - 2016, have gone directly to the construction of a student Infirmary and Dispensary for the Hekima Girls School in Bukoba, Tanzania, our nominated Fairtrade project.
The project, which started back in February 2014, and raised over £31,916 thus far, aims to effectively take care of students health, ease the school nurses burden of commuting to and from hospitals, while also greatly reduce involving healthy students in nursing the sick and therefore ultimately promote students’ academic performance.
Hekima Girls School Background
The Hekima Girls School is located in the rural village Kashozi, 7 miles North-West of Bukoba town.
The school was primarily set-up to rescue young women by providing them with quality education especially those from poor economic backgrounds who would otherwise be faced with hostile cultural, economic, academic and social injustices.
One of the most pressing challenges is looking after students health, on average, 20 students are treated for Malaria each week, needing bed rest of 2 to 3 days.
The new Infirmary can house 10 students, 1 nurse’s bedroom, a small simple kitchen and dining room, a pharmacy, a laboratory and examination room.
The infirmary helps combat Malaria and other diseases, minimize the possibility of students being infected with other illnesses by patients outside the school and providing the school nurse ample time and space to take care of all the sick students so healthy students can concentrate on their studies.
This project would not have been possible without the continuous help and support of our customers.
The Funds raised during Fairtrade Fortnight 2016 were used to successfully complete the final stages of this project, a project which began back in January 2014;
January 2014: Project Gets the Green Light
Construction of a student Infirmary and Dispensary at the Hekima Girls School in Bukoba, Tanzania gets all the green light - and the project is underway.
February 2014: Fairtrade Fortnight raises £9,999
November 2014: Site Works & Setting Up
Contractors arrive to begin the initial stages of the build, these include; clearing the site, setting out the building and establishing a datum level.
December 2014: Rain, Rain Go Away - Bad Weather puts a Halt on Proceedings
Preparations and construction works were delayed due to unexpected rains throughout the month of December.
January 2015: Ground Breaking
Foundation construction work begins, with the trench being dug out and some of the basic local and industrial supplies being purchased and transported to the site.
February 2015: Fairtrade Fortnight Raises £10,328
The construction of the Infirmary and Dispensary at the Hekima Girls School continued as Insomnia’s Fairtrade Project for the 2nd year in 2015, with 5 pence from every Fairtrade Beverage sold being donated towards its completion.
March 2015: We’ve Got Mail
Sr. Esther, Headmistress at the Hekima Girls School provides an update for us:
“We continue to thank Insomnia Coffee Company and all friends form Fairtrade Ireland. We are proceeding well with the infirmary project at the Hekima Girls Secondary School”
The foundation excavation, concrete, wall, beam and backfilling are all nearing completion.
June 2015: Taking Shape
Through the donations raised during Fairtrade Fortnight 2015 the whole superstructure, including the walls, upper ring beam and roofing have all been completed and the building is starting to take shape.
July 2015: Raising the Roof
Finishing work had started in early July 2015 with floor concrete already laid; and plastering and ceiling work ongoing.
September 2015: Happy Farmers, Happy Customers, Happy Planet
We receive a message from Export Manager of Kagera Cooperative Union, John Kanjagaile
“May I please say thanks to Insomnia Coffee Company for the great assistance rendered towards construction of the Infirmary/Dispensary at Hekima Girls Secondary School.”
“We promise to continue sending the Fairtrade coffees and to ensure that the Fairtrade idea, which started as a small stream, continues growing into a very big Fairtrade river.”
January 2016: Into the Home Stretch Now!
The build is complete and the Infirmary will start to provide medical services to students in the coming weeks once pupils return from their Christmas break.
The majority of equipment has been purchased and assembled. Sr. Esther believes that the Dispensary will serve many people and support health in the area for years to come.
February 2016 – Fairtrade Fortnight Raised £11,591
Throughout Fairtrade Fortnight 2016, 5 pence from every Fairtrade Beverage sold was donated to the Hekima Girls School, ensuring the newly built Infirmary and Dispensary had all the required equipment (medical supplies, blankets and bed sheets) needed to achieve its objective, which is to effectively take care of student’s health.
Check out the video below to see the final build!