Employment, Job Related

SINGING ROOSTER INC

One Simple Act: Support Haiti's Small Producers

Madison, WI

Mission

Singing Rooster supplies U.S. and other international markets with gourmet Haitian coffee (green or roasted), chocolate bars or cacao (for chocolate-making) and art (for fair trade retailers, nonprofit fundraising). Join us – we’re a social enterprise nonprofit with a big heart. We partner commercially with small producers in Haiti to build better businesses while simultaneously re-introducing the world to fabulous Haitian products. Learn more: https://singingrooster.org/about-rooster/

Ruling Year

2010

President

Molly Nicaise

Co Principal Officer

Christophe Nicaise

Main Address

2400 Waunona Way

Madison, WI 53713 USA

Keywords

Haiti, Haitian Coffee Farmers, Singing Rooster, Economic Development

EIN

27-1184568

 Number

4891908715

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Management & Technical Assistance (J02)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (K01)

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Our programs

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Coffee & Cacao Agriculture improvement

Training in Small Business Management

Coffee & Cacao Seedling Nursuries

Coffee, Cacao & Art Export

Market Development for small producers: coffee, cacao, art

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Charting Impact

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Our approach is complex, holistic and offers long-term solutions:

1. Farmers need assistance with crop re-invigoration and improvement, and we do this. They also need higher prices for crops, and we pay farmers well.

2. We provide much needed small business management training, and we help farming communities to develop income diversification beyond agriculture.

3. Our coffee tree seedlings are playing an important role in reforestation.

In spite of these specific and important activities, what farmers need most is direct access to markets through a farmer to table model. By selling their transformed goods directly to end-consumers and retailers, farmers are able to earn living wages and use profits from direct market sales to support families and invest in their rural villages.

Singing Rooster plays a vital role implementing a farmer to table model for coffee producers in Haiti. In addition to agriculture-improvement initiatives, our services include:

4. Exporting/Importing, transporting, and warehousing of green coffee
5. Transforming green coffee into roasted coffee and other value-added products
6. Creating new markets for Haitian coffee & selling products on their behalf
7. Returning proceeds to farmer communities for continued economic development

Our approach is complex, holistic and offers long-term solutions:

1. Farmers need assistance with crop re-invigoration and improvement, and we do this. They also need higher prices for crops, and we pay farmers well.

2. We provide much needed small business management training, and we help farming communities to develop income diversification beyond agriculture.

3. Our coffee tree seedlings are playing an important role in reforestation.

In spite of these specific and important activities, what farmers need most is direct access to markets through a farmer to table model. By selling their transformed goods directly to end-consumers and retailers, farmers are able to earn living wages and use profits from direct market sales to support families and invest in their rural villages.

Singing Rooster plays a vital role implementing a farmer to table model for coffee producers in Haiti. In addition to agriculture-improvement initiatives, our services include:

4. Exporting/Importing, transporting, and warehousing of green coffee
5. Transforming green coffee into roasted coffee and other value-added products
6. Creating new markets for Haitian coffee & selling products on their behalf
7. Returning proceeds to farmer communities for continued economic development

Networking & Collaborating: Singing Rooster is the primary trade partner in Haiti working with coffee farmer cooperatives; we’re currently the second largest exporter, and we’re the only buyer who comprehensively works directly with small scale farmer groups. We are well known and are sought out by other agencies to assist in coffee-related projects.

By partnering and collaborating with others, we’re creating a network of groups who serve as potential referrals for buyers of Haitian coffee:

1. Inter-American Development Bank
2. Root Capital
3. Catholic Relief Services
4. Inter-Aide
5. Oxfam Italia
6. AVSF-Korecafe
7. Just Haiti & other nonprofits who seek guidance

Singing Rooster was launched in 2009 and received 501(c)3 non-profit status in 2010.

Since 2009:

We've purchased over 120,000 lbs of Haitian green coffee beans, which translates into paying $360,000 to farmer cooperatives and their 5,000+ farming member families.

We've sold over 60,000 bags of our farmer's roasted coffee and over 10,000 lbs of our farmer's green coffee beans (to coffee roasters across the United States).

We've returned over $86,000 from sales to our Haitian partner farmers. These proceeds have helped farmers to improve agricultural techniques and implement business growth projects like equipment upgrades, building repairs, seedling nurseries, and more.

Along with retailing our farmer’s roasted and green coffee on our website, our wholesale business is the heart and soul of our market development. Since 2009, we've helped other non-profits to raise over $150,000 through Singing Rooster's coffee fund raiser program.

Our seedling nurseries have produced over 59,000 new coffee trees -- in a country where only 2% of lands are forested, THIS is significant.

Singing Rooster was launched in 2009 and received 501(c)3 non-profit status in 2010.

Since 2009:

We've purchased over 120,000 lbs of Haitian green coffee beans, which translates into paying $360,000 to farmer cooperatives and their 5,000+ farming member families.

We've sold over 60,000 bags of our farmer's roasted coffee and over 10,000 lbs of our farmer's green coffee beans (to coffee roasters across the United States).

We've returned over $86,000 from sales to our Haitian partner farmers. These proceeds have helped farmers to improve agricultural techniques and implement business growth projects like equipment upgrades, building repairs, seedling nurseries, and more.

Along with retailing our farmer’s roasted and green coffee on our website, our wholesale business is the heart and soul of our market development. Since 2009, we've helped other non-profits to raise over $150,000 through Singing Rooster's coffee fund raiser program.

Our seedling nurseries have produced over 59,000 new coffee trees -- in a country where only 2% of lands are forested, THIS is significant.

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SINGING ROOSTER INC

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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