HOPE International and Utopian Coffee have come together to bring you HOPE Blend. 15% of every bag purchased is donated back to Hope International to support their work in at-risk rural communities.
We are honored to be partnering with HOPE, and urge you to take a moment to read more about their inspiring, outcome-centered work. If you would like to donate in addition to your HOPE Blend purchase, click the donate button below!
The info below is based on excerpts from the HOPE International website.
Following the fall of the Soviet Union in Ukraine in the early 1990s, Jeff Rutt, a Lancaster, Pennsylvania-based home builder, traveled to Ukraine numerous times with his church, transporting containers of food, clothing, and medical supplies to the city of Zaporizhzhia.
After several of these visits, a local pastor pulled Jeff aside and told him honestly that the shipments were not helping; the well-intentioned aid shipments were actually doing more harm than good by depressing local industry and initiative.
Jeff returned from the trip with a strong drive to find a solution. He plunged into research and eventually discovered the concept of economic development, then a little-known poverty alleviation strategy.
Fast forward to today, and HOPE is serving in 16 countries to help communities create jobs and build thriving marketplaces. HOPE provides training, initiates savings groups, and directly lends to entrepreneurs and small-and-medium enterprises to equip individuals to break the cycle of poverty.