Introducing The Mokha Foundation
Yemen gave us coffee. It’s time we gave them something back.
The Yemeni people have it rough, to say the least. Civil war has led to economic strife, severe famine, water shortages, and deadly disease outbreaks. 20 million people are in need of humanitarian aid, according to UN officials.
Yet, while that’s the lead story in Yemen, there are also stories of hope, of survival, of people with enormous hearts and generous spirits. And damn good coffee. Yemen is the birthplace of coffee cultivation and its indigenous plants have produced some of the most exquisite and sought after coffees in the world.
Our mission is to use coffee as a vehicle to improve quality of life and move the people of Yemen from humanitarian aid to economic empowerment. Our initiatives include interest free loans, solving the water problem, disrupting the refugee crisis, and replacing drug farms with coffee farms.
Coffee brings pleasure to billions everyday. We are using it to bring hope, dignity, and lasting economic transformation to the people who brought coffee to us.
Qat for Coffee
At Mokha Foundation, we believe that by replacing drug (qat) farms with coffee farms, we improve the social and economic lives of the Yemeni people, while revitalizing the coffee trade in its place of origin. Our work focuses on supporting farmers through the process of converting their farms, through education, support, and financial assistance.
The predominant cash crop in Yemen is qat, an amphetamine-like drug prone to abuse. We work with farmers to help them convert their qat farms into more sustainable and lucrative coffee farms.
Ending the cycle of debt from loan sharks has a great impact on the lives and livelihoods of farmers and their families, enabling them to afford basic expenses and invest in improving their farms.
To ensure Yemen farmers produce the very best coffee possible, we have implemented training programs and set up village cooperatives. This includes giving farmers access to state-of-the-art equipment, such as moisture analyzers for harvest, training local roasters and baristas, and revitalizing the coffee and cafe culture in the place where it was invented.