A few friends and I were debating crowd-funding websites last week – the discussion mainly revolved around everyone trying to convince one friend that crowd-funding websites like Pozible are a good idea because it’s a great way for inspiring projects to get start-up funding. This project by Universal Village is a great example of how crowd-funding works for good – they’re trying to raise $18000 to purchase fairtrade coffee beans to set up a new coffee label in Australia; Rhino Coffee.
I definitely know how much more difficult fairtrade production and manufacturing is to manage and establish than ‘conventional’ or unethical – you can pretty much throw a tiny pebble into a Google search and find someone, somewhere with a sweatshop or child workers just for you. But fairtrade, now that’s tricky.
So, I think it’s just wonderful that we can contribute directly to a wonderful fairtrade startup project like Rhino Coffee (and that even in exchange for a donation, we get some coffee in exchange, when it’s ready!)
P.S., while you’re procrastinating on Pozible, check out Happy as Larry’s project too!