Beto’s Coffee Company started as a response from the community of Masatepe, Nicaragua, expressing their desire to have a local coffee shop, to promote the culture of coffee within a community that has been producing coffee for decades, but seldomly enjoys the fruits of it’s own harvest.
We, as a company, engage in a process known as Integrated Community Transformation. Given the high level of economic oppression here in Nicaragua, we chose business as a starting point. Not only are we able to provide jobs, products and services, but we are able to work within the community in which we desire to see transformation take place, giving us firsthand experience and a better understanding of the real limitations and oppression that exist here.
Coffee is also a very relational product, one that naturally brings people together for meetings and simply spending time together. Running a coffee shop in a town of 45,000 people has allowed us to build tremendous amounts of relationships and engage with the business community at the same time. After serving over 10,000 coffees in our first year of existence, we decided it was a viable business and decide to dig in a little deeper and expand our impact.
If you’ve ever heard of Asset Based Community Development (ABCD), then you're familiar with our approach. Look for the good in the world and build upon that.
In Nicaragua, coffee is the #1 export commodity and a huge segment of the national economy. In other parts of the world, it’s an import commodity and a huge segment of the consumer industry. No matter which end of that spectrum you may be on, you share a love for coffee with billions of others around the world.
We couldn’t think of a better platform to build a social enterprise on than coffee.
Coffee is an asset that spans the entire globe, one that communities are built upon.
OUR CORE PURPOSE
We’ve all heard the old proverb 'Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime'. Unfortunately, this proverb failed to recognize that not everyone has access to the pond. Here at Beto’s, we’ve set out to give more people access to the big pond, the global marketplace. Empowerment recognizes the gifts and abilities of others, where as the ideas of teaching and feeding others have paternalistic undertones.
The question is not 'How do we eliminate poverty?', but rather 'How do we promote human flourishing?'
Join us in empowering artisans in Nicaragua and providing hope for a better future.