According to the Fairtrade Foundation, “around 125 million people worldwide depend on coffee for their livelihoods. It is the most valuable and widely traded tropical agricultural product and is mainly produced by smallholder farmers. Many of them, however, are unable to earn a reliable living from the coffee they produce.” This episode features Kristin Van Busum, the founder of Project Alianza, a nonprofit dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty that exists for the 300,000 children living and working in the coffeelands of Nicaragua. Project Alianza builds schools and provides educational opportunities to give kids the tools they need by challenging the systems that prevent resources from reaching remote areas. Project Alianza empowers both women and girls by teaching the older women to be educators and leaders in the community.Then these women are able to provide safe and high-quality
Founder Kristin Van Busum is a TEDx and Keynote speaker, panelist, and public speaking coach for women leaders and entrepreneurs. In 2018, she was selected as a winner in the MassChallenge Boston accelerator for high-impact startups where she currently serves as the Social Entrepreneur in Residence. She previously worked at RAND Corporation, a global policy think-tank where she co-authored over 20 policy briefs and peer-reviewed articles. She has traveled to 40+ countries and lived in Mexico (to assist families at the border), Spain (as an English teacher), and Nicaragua (as Fulbright Scholar).