Nicaragua is one of many countries around the world that produces amazing coffee (and a lot of it) and yet suffers from high levels of poverty and underemployment. It’s hard to imagine when paying $5 for a cup of coffee that anybody in coffee business supply chain would be living in extreme poverty, but we all know the unfortunate truth. When we set out to discover and empower the talented people of Masatepe, Nicaragua, we knew that artisanship was at the core of the local culture. Masatepe boasts a flourishing furniture industry and many large textile companies, so most people know a craft and are very talented working with their hands. Due to oppression and poverty, they’ve learned over generations how to create value out of what resources they have available around them.