Our Coffee Washing Station Is OPEN!! -- A Note From Our Founder

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Our Coffee Washing Station Is OPEN!! -- A Note From Our Founder

We Opened Our Coffee Washing Station!

On February 17th, we opened the Akagera Coffee Washing Station. When it was my turn to speak at our celebration, I told the story of how Egide, our Country Director, asked me a year and a half ago for Kula to build a washing station, and I repeatedly told him it wasn't possible. But, in true Rwandan fashion, he continued to tell me it was, and we are so grateful that he was right.

Over 400 people contributed to this project, and constantly being grateful for that reminds me that people are good, that they care about people they will probably never meet simply because they believe everyone should have a chance.

Thank you for being a part of this story, and prepare yourself for all the greatness that will result from it.

Love, Sarah
Founder and Executive Director

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Project-Based Public Relations Intern

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Project-Based Public Relations Intern

Project-Based Public Relations Internship

This is an Atlanta-based position that requires public relations abilities as we try to get our Coffee Tree Bracelets in as many publications as possible- online, across all social media outlets, and in print! We are looking for someone that is not afraid to hustle to help us with a project that will make a big difference in the lives of the families we get to work with in Rwanda. 

Responsibilities:

  • Reach out to potential partners via 1% For the Planet.

  • Reach out to Instagram influencers for potential partnerships for our holiday campaign

  • Reach out to other blogs, press outlets, and influencers on social media for campaign promotion

  • Manage all feedback and follow-up requests.

Qualifications:

  • Self-Starter

  • Detailed-Oriented

  • Great Communicator

  • Driven

  • Organized

  • Public relations experience preferred.

Internship Details:

  • Internship begins October 3rd and ends December 16th.

  • Internship applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

  • Internship are unpaid.

  • Internship is part-time (10-20 hrs/week)

  • College credit is available.

  • Must be able to work at least 1-2 days a week (Tue-Thurs) in our office in Cabbagetown, Atlanta.

Submit your resume to Sarah@kulaproject.org.

 

 

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Build The Difference

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Build The Difference

for a coffee community, a coffee washing station is the difference between poverty and profit. 

It is the difference between a life of survival and a life of OPPORTUNITY, A life of HOPE, A life of LEGACY. 

But this wasn't our idea. It was the idea of our farmers.

As we visited the homes of our families, farmer after farmer, without exception, told us that their community's greatest need was a coffee washing station. And we quickly realized that it was our job to start listening. 

With access to a coffee washing station, our farmers' income will increase up to ten times what it is now.

With this increase, they will be able to afford food for their families, access to healthcare, and education for their children.  

additionally, this coffee washing station will employ 180 people in the community per year. 

Between the engineers, managers, accountants, sorters, washers, packers, and cleaners, this washing station will provide a variety of new employment opportunities to a community that weren't previously possible. 

so what is a coffee washing station?

A coffee washing station is the the place where the coffee cherries they harvest become the coffee we drink.

This coffee washing station costs $100,000 and we're halfway there! help us finish it and #buildthedifference.

Donate at kulaproject.org/buildthedifference!

100% of your donation will directly fund the coffee washing station.

For the financial breakdown of our coffee washing station, click here!

If you wish to donate by check, please send it to Kula Project at 174 Carroll St, Atlanta, GA 30312. 

Photos by Jon Sweet

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ANNOUNCEMENT: We Are Gigameet's Charity of the Month!

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Throughout the month of March, we are partnering with Gigameet as their featured non-profit organization and sharing a different and unique way for you to get involved and give back to Kula. 

Gigameet is networking platform providing social and financial incentives for meetings while replacing multi-step emails and the tedium of appointment scheduling with a simple and easy experience.

   

 

 

How Gigameet Works

Create Profile Sign up, share a little about yourself and set your one-hour meeting fee ($100 - $50,000). Once your profile is completed, send your link to anyone that requests a meeting with you.

Create Profile

Sign up, share a little about yourself and set your one-hour meeting fee ($100 - $50,000). Once your profile is completed, send your link to anyone that requests a meeting with you.

Meeting Process Receive requests for a one-hour in person or video conference meeting through our user-friendly pre-scheduled calendar system that you set when creating your profile. You always have the choice to accept or decline any meeting request.

Meeting Process

Receive requests for a one-hour in person or video conference meeting through our user-friendly pre-scheduled calendar system that you set when creating your profile. You always have the choice to accept or decline any meeting request.

Give Donation Your selected charity receives the % of your fee (20% minimum) that you set when creating your profile. You have now given back by sharing your knowledge and experience with others while supporting an amazing cause.

Give Donation

Your selected charity receives the % of your fee (20% minimum) that you set when creating your profile. You have now given back by sharing your knowledge and experience with others while supporting an amazing cause.

CREATE YOUR PROFILE AND SUPPORT KULA

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Why Lydia of "See Beautiful" Invests in Our Farmers

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Why Lydia of "See Beautiful" Invests in Our Farmers

We asked Lydia of See Beautiful why she invests in our families and our work, and we are deeply touched by the words she said. 

"I invest in Kula because of the strategic, transparent, and love-filled ways they invest in and empower others using a sustainability model.

Kula Project brought Rwanda to life through the stories of impact and images they share. I decided to go to Rwanda to meet the women and men who were thriving and fostering peace and gratitude in a country where just a few decades ago that wasn't possible. The beauty that has come from the ashes of the genocide can be life changing to witness and to see it through the lens of Kula Project's work was an opportunity I couldn't resist. To stand on the coffee farm of the strongest women I know and breathe their air and smile with them was a dream.

Today I get to live with the memory of sharing that space for a tiny moment with them. It's a gift."

We are overwhelmingly thankful for Lydia and the way she loves our farmers and believes in what we do. But, sometimes, words can't adequately express how much someone means to you. In this case, that was our dilemma, so we decided to put together some of our favorite clips of our time in Rwanda with her to say thank you for all she and See Beautiful have done for our families. 

Thank you for helping us "see beautiful". 

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Help Jon Sweet Tell the Story Behind Coffee

I first met Sarah, the founder of Kula Project, last summer in San Diego. She started to tell me about the work she doing in Rwanda with coffee farmers, and I was immediately intrigued. Kula helps families in East Africa grow and sell coffee as a tool to help them lift their own families out of poverty. Sarah told me that the reason she started Kula was because she met so many mothers and fathers whose greatest wish was to be able to send their children school, and she thought if she could them earn a sustainable income, they would be able to send their children to school each and every morning. That income will come through coffee.

Kula Project has big goals this year, as they help their families take their work from the farm to the global coffee market, and to achieve these goals, they need some help. This March, I will head to Rwanda and Kenya with the Kula Project team. Throughout my two weeks in East Africa, I will help Kula tell the stories of impact they are making in these communities. From a coffee cooperative of woman that all contracted HIV during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide to a clean water project for a coffee-growing community in Kenya, I will help highlight the difference they are making in thousands of lives, and this storytelling will help them to accomplish their 2016 goals. 

Now, I need your help. My goal is to raise $3,000 for Kula Project. These funds will be used to help tell the stories of mothers, fathers, survivors, forgiven perpetrators, and children with incredible dreams for the future. 

I hope you will join me on the incredible journey, and I’m truly grateful for whatever you are contribute, whether that be prayers, funds, or messages of love and encouragement. 

- Jon Sweet

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Happy Birthday Bobby Neptune!

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Happy Birthday Bobby Neptune!

Throughout life, many people will cross your path. Some will pass through for a short time, some will hang around for a while, some you will ask to leave, but every so often, you will encounter someone that seems different that everyone else. That someone who will challenge you, inspire you, and love you in a way most people not only do not, but cannot. That person for me is my friend Bobby Neptune. 

Our first time working together was when we met in Rwanda in May of 2014. Almost immediately, I knew that this person who I hired to take photos for Kula would become far more than just Kula's photographer. 

Bobby quickly became family, not only for me, but for my team, and our families in Rwanda. Our farmers have come to know him almost as much as they know me. 

One of my favorite poets, Khalil Gibran, once wrote “…be wounded by your own understanding of love; And to bleed willingly and joyfully. To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving..”. Bobby loves that way. 

As he travels across the globe photographing and being surrounded by circumstances that would challenge your very definition of brokenness, he finds the joy and the love and the hope that will ultimately heal that brokenness. That is the only story he tells. 

But sometimes, he gets tired. And even though I try to tell him that most people could only withstand a fraction of what he does, every once in a while, the brokenness causes him to question everything. However, in that questioning, he seeks answers, meaning, and God, and somehow in the searching, he makes his weariness beautiful, too. 

The stories he has helped Kula tell have changed the way I see the world, and I say that without exaggeration. And through his work for us, we get to share those stories with you. 

The Kula Team wanted to do something special for him on his birthday, to show him that we love him, so we put together some of our favorite clips of Bobby that were filmed as we worked and explored East Africa together. 

From the Kula team, family, and supporters, Happy Birthday Bobby Neptune! You are loved. 

Sincerely,

Sarah Buchanan

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2015: Our Biggest and Toughest Year Yet

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2015: Our Biggest and Toughest Year Yet

Sarah, our founder, and James, a partner farmer on a coffee farm in Nakuru. 

Sarah, our founder, and James, a partner farmer on a coffee farm in Nakuru. 

Dear Kula Friends, Family, and Supporters,

     I’ve sat down countless times trying to write this letter. I struggled in finding the best way to sum up this year, but a good friend recently encouraged me to be open about everything, not just the good stuff, so here it goes.

    Over the last twelve months, Kula has grown, and I have grown in ways I could have only imagined. That being said, it has also been the most challenging year of my life. Growing is hard. Building a team is hard. Working on another continent is hard. There were moments when the only thing I felt was weariness and uncertainty, and the ebb and flow of those emotions seem to live at a steady pace. But, I want to share a little story that reminded me of why we are doing this and why all of those difficult moments are but a small speck in the greater story of hope and dignity in Rwanda. 

    On October 24, 2015, our team was in Rwanda and planned a “Celebration Day” to honor Kula’s partnership with our largest community. As we drove up to the site, all you could see were faces and bold, bright colors. Hundreds of families had come to sing, dance, perform poems, but most of all, show love and gratitude. As we sat in the “honorable chairs” that they had set aside for my team, I wondered, “Man, why did so many people come to this?” I continued to scan the crowd and noticed that I knew each of them, their names and their children’s names.  All of these people were our people. For the first time, I was able to comprehend how many families were well on their way to creating a better life for their children because of our work. Without exaggeration, this celebration day was the best day of my adult life. I knew, without a doubt, that our work mattered and will change the course of entire communities for generations.

    When 2015 began, our team was a team of one: me. Now, we are closing out the year with four full-time team members in America and Rwanda. Our original goal for this year, a goal our board was reluctant to pursue, was to invest in 50 families. As of today, we are directly investing in the lives of 270 families. For the first time since I founded Kula three and a half years ago, we are not the ones trying to grow; Rwanda is asking us to grow, and we are responding to their request. 

    This year took our breath away in moments of sheer joy and elation, moments of hardship and seemingly insurmountable challenges, but most of all, moments of gratitude for you and all of our supporters. It’s my hope that you will always know the role you have played in the stories of hundreds of mothers and fathers who are doing everything they can to build a future for their children. For that, we say thank you. 

    We are looking to 2016 with even bigger goals that will ignite drastic change in our communities by launching a project that will impact thousands of families by creating access for them to see their coffee on the international market. Incomes will quadruple, and entire families will lift themselves out of poverty. To make this happen, we set a goal to raise $50,000 by year’s end, and we have 4 days left to do it. On behalf of our families and team, I ask that you consider Kula Project in your year-end giving by making a tax-deductible donation to help us reach our goal. I believe James, one of the farmers in our program and pictured above, said it best when we he said, “Now, we can see a new light, and I can promise you that we will continue to follow it.” 

Sincerely,
Sarah Buchanan
Founder and Director of Kula Project

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Give the Gift of Peace

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Give the Gift of Peace

"At the end of a long and dusty road, he stood underneath a tree and told his community the horrible things he had done during the dark days of the 1994 Genocide. After a few short minutes, the community watched as she stood up and gave him a woven basket filled with the freshest food. He, though, knew she was offering more than food; she was offering peace." 

These are the baskets that represent peace and forgiveness in Rwanda and it is our hope that will bring you peace this holiday season. 

Merry Christmas!

With love, the Kula Family

Buy an Ornament. Invest in a Family. Empower a Community.


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This Bracelet.

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This Bracelet.

This bracelet.

This simple brass bangle is handmade in Rwanda by our friend Abraham. Though simple in aesthetic, it's significance for our farmers and their families is anything but that.

With every bracelet purchased, we are able to fund a coffee tree for one of our farmers, providing them with income for 30 years. This income enables our farmers to send their children to school, put food on the table, and afford healthcare for their families. 

With a quality that will neither tarnish nor bend, they are great for everyday wear or dressed up for a night out, making them the perfect Christmas present, bridesmaid gift, or new piece of jewelry to add to your collection. 

Buy a bracelet. Invest in a family. Empower a Community.

 

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You're invited to the 3rd Annual #FORTHEFARMER Campaign!

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You're invited to the 3rd Annual #FORTHEFARMER Campaign!

Here at the Kula Project we stand #FORTHEFARMER. 

We believe that by helping coffee farmers in East Africa produce and sell really great coffee, the farmers themselves will not only be able to provide for their families, but will also be able to provide an education for their children, drastically changing their opportunity landscape and ensuring a better future. 

This month, you can stand #FORTHEFARMER too, simply by going out to dinner!

On Thursday, September 24th, we are hosting the third annual #FORTHEFARMER campaign in partnership with several top Atlanta-area restaurants. Each participating restaurant will donate up to 20% of the day’s sales to be invested in our farmers and their families.

While the Sanskrit translation of “kula” is “a community of the heart”, the Swahili translation is “to eat”! Therefore, we feel there is no better way to unite with Kula Project’s cause than around a dinner table.

Invite a group of friends and loved ones to stand #FORTHEFARMER by eating at any of these participating restaurants: Buttermilk Kitchen, Common Quarter, Foundation Social Eatery, Jake’s Ice Cream, Max’s Wine Dive, The Optimist, Osteria Mattone, Sweet Auburn Barbecue, and Table & Main.

Social media active diners can tweet and tag #FORTHEFARMER through Thursday, September 24th, for a chance to win a Kula Project bag filled with Kula merchandise including artisan goods handmade in Rwanda! 

We can’t wait to see you there!

 

 

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10 Things You Should Know Before Going to Rwanda

Photo by Josefa Ovalle

Photo by Josefa Ovalle

1. Bring your camera

Known as the “land of a thousand hills," Rwanda is filled with absolutely stunning mountainous landscape that includes the volcanic Virunga range in the northwest sector - home to what is estimated to be a third of the world’s remaining 750 mountain gorillas, which you can visit and meet for yourself if you are interested in making the short hike up to their nesting pods.

2. It’s probably safer than the city you currently live in

Throwout all stereotypes you currently hold regarding Africa. The crime rate in Kigali (the capital city of Rwanda) is one of the lowest of all in the world and you will feel surprisingly safe walking around the city — even as a woman completely alone in the middle night.

3. Don’t make any plans for the last Saturday of the month

In Rwanda, there is a mandatory community service day from 8:00am to 11:00am on the last Saturday of every month called Umuganda. The word Umuganda can be translated as "coming together in common purpose to achieve an outcome." By law, all able-bodied people above the age of 18 and below 65 are expected to participate in volunteer community work. The Government of Rwanda drew on aspects of Rwandan culture and traditional practices to enrich and adapt its development programs to the country’s needs and context as part of efforts to reconstruct Rwanda and nurture a shared national identity.

Today close to 80% of Rwandans take part in monthly community work. Successful projects include the building of schools, medical centres and hydro electric plants as well as rehabilitating wetlands and creating highly productive agricultural plots. The value of Umuganda to the country’s development since 2007 has been estimated at more than US $60 million.

4. NEVER take anti-malaria medicine on a empty stomach

Just trust me on this one.

5. Leave the plastic bags at home

Single-use plastic bags are illegal in the entire country and will be confiscated upon arrival. Due to this effective ban and other factors, Rwanda was ranked #3 of the greenest destinations of the world in 2015 and you can clearly understand why when you arrive in Kigali - it is astonishingly clean by any standards.

6. You’ll hear the word “muzungu" a million times Every day

If your skin is not black, you are a “muzungu” and shall be referred to as such by almost every child you see. Eventually, you'll probably join them and start calling every other Caucasian you see a "muzungu" as well.

7. Rwandans are incredibly warm and welcoming people

If you’re lucky enough, you’ll get to experience the traditional song and dance Rwandans joyously perform to welcome visitors. And, if you get lost and ask for directions, get ready to have at least 5 random people try to help you find where you’re trying to go — although they’ll probably all send you in different directions, their intentions are well-meant.

8. Taxis are FOR TOURISTS

The best method of transportation are boda moto taxis — by far the most efficient, affordable, and fun way to get around Kigali.

9. Rwandans love their president

As Fred Mufulukye states, "Rwandans recognize President Kagame as their source of security, comfort and the father of Rwanda." Following the trauma of the genocide, President Kagame has efficiently and quickly pushed the country forward in an admirable fashion that puts most developed nations' elected leaders to shame. Not to mention, he is said to be the most punctual man in Rwanda as well as a president who leads by example - if he walks past a piece of trash on the street, he picks it up and throws it away himself.

10. Love means forgiveness

If you know anything about Rwanda’s history, you will understand the importance Rwandans place on forgiveness. Love and forgiveness have been two of the main driving forces behind the country’s astounding progress and development following the tragic events that occurred in 1994. Both sides of the conflict have learned how to ask for forgiveness as well as forgive their aggressors, now work alongside each other in rebuilding their communities, and have even fallen in love and started families together. Such an inspirational story of reconciliation and reunification is remarkable to learn from and witness firsthand.

Photos by Josefa Ovalle

Photos by Josefa Ovalle

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Coffee Break: 5 Questions with Connor from Hendershot's Coffee

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Coffee Break: 5 Questions with Connor from Hendershot's Coffee

Photo by Bella Toscano

Last month, we posted our very first "Coffee Break" interview to highlight some of our favorite local baristas! This month, we shine the spotlight on a super cool barista, Connor Shields, from Hendershot's Coffee located in Athens, GA. 

What is your favorite part about being a barista? 

I really like the process of making the drinks for customers. I enjoy perfecting every order - from pulling the espresso and making sure the crema comes out just right to creating the fun designs on the top layer. 

What is your favorite "hidden menu" drink?

Each barista has their own signature drink. For example, one barista does something called the "Shakarto" - it's 2 shots of espresso, a little half and half and simple sugar shaken in a high ball glass to give it a nice thick top layer. 

My own signature drink is called the "Honey Nut Cheerio Latte" - it's a little bit of hazelnut in a Cubano Conleche. 

What is something cool that you learned while being a barista? 

Before this, I worked at Jittery Joe's. While there I was able to watch and learn about the coffee bean roasting process because we had a roaster in Athens. 

What makes this coffee shop special and different from the other shops in Athens?

Our location in Athens is great because we aren't quite downtown - but we aren't too far out of it - we are right on the edge. Being where we are, we get a lot of the townies and super chill people who want to come out of their way to get here. 

We also have a full functioning venue. We host events almost every night, from comedy shows to live music events. 

Who are you outside of being a barista?

I'm currently a student at UGA. My skills and interests are focused in on graphic design and photography at the moment. When I graduate, I hope to either be over seas getting my master's in graphic design or in Portland - it has a such a cool culture and I love the weather!

 

Check out some of Connor's photography and graphic design work by following him on Instagram at @shieldsconnor.

Follow Hendershot's Coffee on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with the latest and greatest... and possibly find something better to do than studying you're life away or going to the same ole' bars every weekend (because did I also mention they have a full bar?).


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#KulaTurns3 - Birthday Festivities Recap!

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#KulaTurns3 - Birthday Festivities Recap!

      

Last week, we celebrated a day that rarely is seen for an NGO - it's 3rd birthday! Kula Project and many of our wonderful Atlanta friends shared an evening filled with laughter, joy...and just a few glasses of wine. That being said, our celebration was not in light of the fact that Kula has shut down all statistics out there that speak against the longevity of an NGO (although, it doesn't hurt), but to celebrate our continuing success in being able to support our friends and farmers in Rwanda. Kula Project, like any non-profit, is not given life by funds alone, but by the authentic, passionate and loving support of people who wish to help those that need it - even if those people never get to meet in the flesh. 

So, without further ado, a few thank you's in regards to our Atlanta celebration are in order. First, thank you to Studio No. 7 for hosting us ragtag (but only the classiest) folk in your beautiful establishment. Also, a big thank you to the lovely people at You've Been Noted and BaronPress for some of our awesome Kula swag!  Lastly, thank you to everyone who showed up for the celebration. We could not be more thankful to those who continue to support the Kula Project.

Pst...also, if you missed the birthday party, you can still show some love by heading over to our birthday campaign page to donate! 

All photos captured and edited by Bella Toscano

"Nkunda Atlanta" tees were live pressed at the event

Beautiful handmade jewelry from Rwanda - soon to be available in the market place!

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Coffee Break: 5 Questions with Xavie from Drip

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Coffee Break: 5 Questions with Xavie from Drip

Photo by Bella Toscano

We want to highlight the baristas around the country that help us get through our early mornings, long meetings, and reunions with long lost friends by preparing the perfect cup of coffee. Today, we interviewed Xavie from Drip in Atlanta, GA. Below are 5 Q + A's to help us get to know our first barista of the month. 

What is your favorite part about being a barista?

The customers. We get the fun and eccentric types a lot and it’s really cool to chat and get to know them!

What is your favorite “hidden menu” drink?

The honey vanilla latte. Also, the cubano – raw sugar and a double shot of espresso – it’s my favorite drink to start off a quick morning. 

What is your preferred type of coffee? Do you know where it originated from?

A light roast from Guatemala that is roasted here in Atlanta by Batdorf and Bronson. I like it because of its caramel hints - it's not super sweet and has an earthy taste.

What make this coffee shop unique?

There are two locations and both have really great vibes. The flow of this shop (in Glenwood Park) is awesome. People can just kind of sit anywhere in the shop and feel comfortable – customers are to free to move the furniture where ever they want to.

What is your most memorable moment as a barista?

A customer once gave me a $30 tip because he felt that I improved his date. I had set the right music, added hearts into their latte's and "guided their night to perfection". 

 

Photo by Bella Toscano Drip has two locations: Glenwood Park and Hapeville, GA. 

Photo by Bella Toscano

Drip has two locations: Glenwood Park and Hapeville, GA. 

Photo by Bella Toscano

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Kula's Birthday Campaign!

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Kula's Birthday Campaign!

We are turning three years old! 

In the non-profit world, there is a 90% chance start-ups will not make it the their third year. It is our honor and privilege to tell you that not only are we making it to year three, but we are growing more than ever. 

Big News. 

As most of you know, our original 2015 goal was to invest in 50 families. With the infrastructure we've built and the incredible work of our Rwandan staff, we are now setting our aims at 115 family investments during 2015.

In honor of our third birthday and to help achieve our goals, we thought we would celebrate with an online birthday campaign. Our goal over the next 10 days is to get 300 people to give us a birthday present of $30. 

We would love for you to participate in our campaign and share it with your friends and family! Our team is beyond excited to keep you updated on our progress.

Thank you for being a part of our story!

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Welcome Bella to the Kula Family!

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Welcome Bella to the Kula Family!

Please welcome our newest team member Bella Toscano! Bella is brings an intense focus for progress, spunk, and pure excitement for life to our family, and we can't wait to see how she will use her gifts and qualities to further Kula's work. Below are three questions to help you get to know her a little bit! 

If you could wake up tomorrow and be anywhere in the world that you’ve never been, where would it be, and why?

I would wake up in Cambodia with my mother (my second choice would be Sicily – where my father was born☺). My mother was born and raised there but was forced out of her home by the Khmer invasion – she and her family were then sponsored to come to the US. She has not yet had the chance to go back but I would love to someday go with her to explore her home country and my family’s heritage. I would also love to spend some time there to educate myself on the countries issues and perhaps find a way to make their quality of living better than it is now.

Tell us about one moment that changed the course of your life.

My father being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. It wasn’t exactly a moment alone – more like the months leading up to his passing. Before his diagnosis, I can admit that the only person I truly cared about the most was myself. However, after he became ill everything about me changed. I learned how to be a care taker rather than the one who had to be cared for. I began to realize that struggles make you strong and that we are all worth the struggle – you never have to let hardship turn you bitter. Unfortunately, I also learned how quickly a life can be taken and that you should never waste too much time being ungrateful for the things that you have now or angry with the ones you love. My father’s illness was the reason for awakening the part of me that has a passion for helping those in need – especially those who remain silent because they cannot or do not know how to be a voice for their own issues.

What would the ideal Sunday look like for you?

My ideal Sunday would definitely depend on my mood and the weather. I have my extroverted days, so some Sunday’s call for getting a group of friends together to go hiking and exploring or just grabbing a volleyball and playing a few games on a sand court. Other Sundays, my INFJ-self enjoys going for hikes and exploring all on my own (with my pup), finding a nice sunny spot (because I’m part feline) and indulging in a good book, catching up on my studies or just not doing anything at all. I also enjoy volunteering my time to TeamWorks! Atlanta and Community Bucket where I can do good and meet new people.

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Why a #GeneroCity Market?

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Why a #GeneroCity Market?

Why a GeneroCity Market?

There’s a lot of ways to do a fundraiser. Sell candy bars or cookies. Host a concert. Hold a 5K race. Do a car wash. Offer limited edition t-shirts. With so many options out there, you may be asking “Why a GeneroCity Market?
 
Nine ATL-based organizations are coming together for GeneroCity Market. Our missions vary in focus, from micro-enterprise to supporting farmers to clothing those in need. Yet with all our differences, the one thing that ties all nine nonprofits together is a strong belief in the power of second chances. 
 
We believe there is hope for widows and sex trafficking victims. We believe women can support their families through the learning of new skills and that once barren fields can be cultivated to produce healthy crops. We believe dry wells can flow with water again and that struggling communities can thrive in the future by teaching their children problem-solving skills today.
 
The passing forward, recycling, and repurposing of material goods is a tangible reminder of second chances. When we give something away like a dining room table or baby crib, we often do so with a smile, remembering the happiness that item represents. We recall a season of life full of growth and memories. We hope the item brings as much joy to the receiver as it did to us.
 
And when we are the recipients of such items, we feel like treasure hunters who stumbled upon hidden loot. We are grateful to have located just the thing we were looking for at a fraction of the cost of buying it new. We tell our friends about our find, taking pride that we have been entrusted in giving the item its second chance.
 
That’s why a GeneroCity Market. We desire the Market to be a community experience that goes beyond just supporting your favorite cause (although we are definitely excited about that too!). It is our hope that by participating in GeneroCity Market, either through the donating of an item or shopping on May 2, you will be reminded of the power of second chances
 
Want to learn more about the organizations who will be at GeneroCity Market? Check out the descriptions below:
 
410 Bridge: Partners US organizations with rural villages to complete community-initiated, sustainable development in areas such as clean water, micro-enterprise, education, healthcare and spiritual development.
Geographic focus: Kenya, Uganda, and Haiti
Connect Online: 410Bridge.org
 

Canopy Life: A creative learning academy that offers intentional, creative programs that develop the character, problem-solving skills, and imagination of Africa’s future leaders.
Geographic focus: Kenya
Connect Online: CanopyLife.org

Choose to Invest: Invests in and mobilizes the next generation by modeling a surrendered life and providing transformative experiences.
Geographic focus: US college campuses and rural villages in East Africa
Connect Online: ChooseToInvest.org

Clothe Your Neighbor as Yourself: A nonprofit clothing brand built on the promise that for every item purchased, 100% of the profit will be used to provide clothing to someone in need.
Geographic focus: Atlanta (in partnership with Atlanta Dream Center), Kenya, Uganda, and Haiti (in partnership with The 410 Bridge)
Connect Online: cyny.org
 
Daraja Choir: Created to bridge the cultures of East Africa and America, the Daraja Children’s Choir uses singing and dancing to ignite hearts in worship, connect lives to serve, and disciple young leaders.
Geographic focus: Tours Nationally
Connect Online: DarajaChoir.org
 
JustOne: Africa: The heart of Just One is to help orphans and widows lead self-sustaining lives by helping provide them with the basic necessities of life: food, water, clothing, shelter and education.
Geographic focus: Kenya
Connect Online: JustOneAfrica.org
 
Kazi Market: An online shop specializing in goods made by artisans in Kenya, Haiti, and Uganda. Their mission is to move people from a place of dependency to dignity. 
Geographic focus: Kenya, Uganda, and Haiti
Connect Online: www.KaziMarket.com
 
Kula Project: Invests in coffee farmers to create generational change by connecting them with the resources they need to lift their communities out of poverty.
Geographic focus: Rwanda
Connect Online: KulaProject.org
 
Wellspring Living: Provides care and resources to domestic sex trafficking victims and the vulnerable, helping give them the courage to move forward and the confidence to succeed.
Geographic focus: Atlanta
Connect Online: WellspringLiving.org

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CELEBRATE KULA'S 3RD BIRTHDAY!

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CELEBRATE KULA'S 3RD BIRTHDAY!

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This May, we are turning THREE YEARS OLD, and we think that is cause to celebrate! We would love for you to join us! On May 12, Kula friends and family are coming together with the the amazing team of You've Been Noted to toast to our birthday, shop our new Kula Market items with brand new shirts and handmade brass jewelry from Rwanda, and take some awesome pictures in the photo booth.

It's a free event with a cash bar and full menu. Come to Studio 7 at 7pm on May 12, and invite all your friends! 

RSVP and invite friends HERE

 

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Now Hiring: Summer Internship Available!

**Deadline to apply is April 3rd.**

Interns play a key role in helping us further what we do as an organization and in expanding our ability to fulfill our mission: to invest in the coffee farms of families in Rwanda to create generational change.

Our goals for interns are threefold: that they grow as individuals, professionally and personally; that they help us achieve more than we otherwise could; and that they become deeper advocates of the work that we do and the individuals we partner with around the globe.

Responsibilities:

– Create social media and print content using Adobe

– Writing copy for fundraising campaigns

– Reach out to blogs, press outlets, and influentials on social media for campaign promotion

– Writing drafts for the Kula blog weekly

– Assist in website updates (SquareSpace)

– Researching blogs, websites, social media connections for Kula

– Help generate and maintain monthly Kula newsletters

– Assist in any applicable fundraising opportunities

Qualifications:

This most important quality in this position is creativity. The ideal candidate will have strong interpersonal skills, proven writing and journalism skills, experience with Adobe and Squarespace, and in-depth knowledge with Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest promotions.

Internship Details:

-Internships are 2-12 months in length, depending on season.

-Internship applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

-Internships are unpaid.

-Internships are available in part time (20-25 hrs/week) or full time (40 hrs/week) capacity.

-College credit is available and recommended for the internship. We suggest that you start talking with your school advisor now about the steps necessary for this. We are more than willing to fill out the needed paperwork to ensure that you get academic credit for your work with us.

– This is a preferred Atlanta-based internship with at least one day  in our Atlanta office. However, given the nature of this specific internship, it can be done virtually. Should you decide to be based in Atlanta for the summer, you will be required to provide your own housing and transportation.

We want to know who you are!!

What do you like, what do you dream about, what drives you crazy? We want to get to know your personality, your style, and see what you’re about. Be honest. Be yourself. Please choose 6 of the following questions to answer- 3 in writing, 3 in video. Keep writing to half page or less per question, and video to 2 minutes or less per question. This is not a test on video editing or filmmaking. Please upload to a website such as YouTube or Vimeo and include the link in your application. We’re looking for you to tell us the answer to the question in a casual way- think of it as your chance to send us a glimpse of an interview with you.

  1. If you could wake up tomorrow and be anywhere in the world that you’ve never been, where would it be, and why?
  2. If you could pick one theme song for your life, what would it be, and why?
  3. What would the ideal Sunday look like for you?
  4. What is the best book you’ve read in the last year? Why?
  5. Tell us about one moment that changed the course of your life.
  6. What do you know about Rwanda and its history?
  7. Tell us about 3 websites that you frequent most
  8. What is the biggest need in our current world?
  9. Tell us about the sweetest place you’ve ever travelled to.
  10. What is one question you would like to ask us?

Please submit your application to Sarah@kulaproject.org. Your email should include the following:

  • Your resume, 
  • Your completed list of questions with links to your videos, 
  • One sample blog post, 
  • 5 Sample images of content you have created for social media use.

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