The coffee fields were still vast and beautiful. The children were still curious about visitors. But for James Townsend, something had changed in Honduras since his last visit. The people seemed different. “They seemed more excited,” he said, describing Cultivadores del Reino farmers. That’s the cooperative from which Kingdom Growers buys its Honduran coffee. James … Continue reading Through the Lens: A photographer’s observations of Kingdom Growers
It only takes three letters to harm a business partnership in a developing country: O-U-R. Our. Mirriam-Webster Definition--“relating to or belonging to us: made or done by us.” The word “our” is a possessive pronoun, and the last thing the Kingdom Growers Coffee Company wants to be is possessive. KG has no right to use the … Continue reading “Our”: The dirty word of direct trade
Many Christian businesses mean well—but physical and spiritual lives don’t improve through good intentions alone. If you are a Christian business owner who wants to strengthen poor economies while sharing the Gospel, you must be honest. You must be humble. You must view the people you “help” as equals. You must dig into the Bible … Continue reading 4 Verses to Guide a Kingdom-Focused Business
By Graham Blackwell A wise person once said you don’t have to empower people whose power hasn’t been taken from them. Several years ago, I was traveling with a dear friend in Honduras, where I had moved my family for ministry and agricultural work. I asked him about the one thing that, in his opinion, … Continue reading 5 Rules to Keep Condescension Out of ‘Kindness’
Kingdom Growers coffee earns high ratings for a reason: We train and equip the farmers. Men and women join the Cooperative not only to gain access to United States markets but also to learn about better agricultural practices. And we have plenty of knowledge and resources to impart. Coffee plants have life spans roughly 25 … Continue reading Why is KG coffee so good?
“I live in a small, humble house, and I eat very simple food that we grow. But, I am content. Before, I had a successful business but was not happy. Now, I am blessed and have joy.” –Jon, a Kingdom Growers farmer For Jon, coffee brought peace. This Southeast Asian farmer hadn’t always spent his days … Continue reading MEET THE FARMER: The rest of Jon’s story
In 2014, Ben Morgan, our operations manager, spent four months in Siquatepeque, Honduras. He walked up dirt roads and slugged through coffee fields. He shared family meals with locals and asked farmers about their crops. He participated in conversations about Jesus Christ. He watched life happen. As he watched, Ben saw how a simple coffee … Continue reading Meet the Team: Ben Morgan—Operations Manager