Coffee Communities

The challenge of bringing education to these areas

The education situation in major coffee-growing countries

Compared to youth who live in urban areas, the children of coffee producers are isolated from opportunities to study beyond primary school. In their remote communities, roads can be hazardous and poorly lit causing transportation options to be unreliable or expensive. This drives the urgent need to start secondary schools directly within the community to remove the financial and safety obstacles that thousands of youth would otherwise face.
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Percent of rural students completing middle school in coffee-producing countries

The coffee industry plays an essential role in investing in the health and well-being of coffee-growing communities. Limited access to education diminishes quality of life in the long-run and limits economic opportunities for youth.

Honduras

Nicaragua

Guatemala

El Salvador

Peru

Why Honduras?

Lack of education beyond 6th grade is an enormous challenge in rural Honduras. The children of coffee producers live great distances from public secondary schools. Getting to these schools is a challenge as roads are impassable during the rainy season and public transportation options are scarce or expensive. Investments in supporting rural education, either by the government or other NGOs is insufficient or non-existent.

E2E has worked a longside coffee-producing families since 2015. We have listened to hundreds of parents share their worries and struggles with the cost of sending their children to secondary school. After noticing a growing trend in the number of coffee communities requesting support from E2E, we decided to focus on these regions specifically.

20km

Travel to school

Average distance to reach nearest public secondary school

>70%

Excluded from school

Rural population unable to access secondary school without scholarships

>90%

Limited transportation

Coffee communities without reliable form of transportation to reach secondary school

$500

School cost

Average annual cost to study in a traditional secondary school (Households earn average income of $1k-$2k/year)

Linking Secondary School to Improved Livelihoods