International Ministries

Coffee Seedlings in Thailand

International Ministries seeks to raise $12,600 to give coffee trees to 24 families in northern Thailand.

Goal: $12,600

About This Mission Project

For over 100 years, opium poppies were the main cash crop in Thailand. Today, Arabica coffee beans have become one of the most viable replacement crops.

The hill tribe villagers of northern Thailand do not receive development assistance from the government. The people struggle to purchase food and medicine and to educate their children.

The Integrated Tribal Development Project (ITDP) works with these villagers by providing coffee seedlings as well as training in irrigation and land management techniques. Villagers also have the option to become part of the Thai Tribal Arabica Coffee Cooperative, which gives them access to global markets and Fair Trade certification.

Mission Project Specifics

International Ministries seeks to raise $12,600 to give coffee trees to 24 families in northern Thailand. The families will each receive 300 seedlings to get them started, along with the opportunity to attend training and workshops.

This project will be managed by IM global consultant Mike Mann.

It is anticipated that this project will help dozens of families of the Thai hill tribes lift themselves out of poverty. Villagers will have an income that enables them to plant gardens, buy livestock and medicine and educate their children. This project will raise the standard of living for resource-poor villagers.

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One of the local women picking ripe coffee beans from the plantation.