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University supports cooperative of Haitian coffee farmers as expression of solidarity

At St. Thomas University (FL), we are partnering with farmers in the Diocese of Port-de-Paix, Haiti through a fair trade cooperative.  Our faculty and students travel regularly to Northwest Haiti to form relationships with farmers and conduct research. Together, we have established a fair-trade program focused on eliminating unjust treatment of workers. Our students assist the cooperative in developing marketing strategies so that the farmers are able to trade directly with the United States, ensuring higher, more just profits, which can be passed on to the workers. So far, over 2,000 Haitians in the Diocese of Port-de-Paix have been employed by the cooperative, and are on their way to a more successful and self-sufficient future. We also sell the cooperative's coffee products on our campus as an expression of solidarity with the farmers that work so hard.