Coffee Business Partners With GreaterGood To Empower This Impoverished Community


Jhai Coffee House is the world’s first completely philanthropic coffee roaster & cafe, located right where all of their coffee beans are sourced. They believe access to clean water is a fundamental human right, and their mission is to bring 63 schools on the Bolaven Plateau hygiene education and clean water.

The company buys coffee beans from local farmers in the community, in Laos, for 25% above the Fair Trade price.

They give farmers new tools and resources to grow the best possible coffee beans and roast them in-house at Jhai, allowing them to help the people who actually grow their coffee remain a sustainable and, most importantly, profitable community.

Also, Jhai Coffee helps these communities by building wells to provide clean water for all the local people. And with these wells, the people are being given something that will both save lives and allow for the community to thrive.


In order to empower the community to be their own change-makers, they require them to invest 15% of the costs towards the first-time access water pumps and 50% towards the water filtration units. They do this in hopes of breaking the cycle of dependency on handouts and create a sense of ownership and pride over the development of the community.

When the people are involved in making the investment decision about putting in a well, they are also involved in the actual construction and are in communication with the contractor who comes to build it. This way, if the well breaks down they know who to get in touch with in order to make repairs.



The wells are under warranty by the water contractor for a full year, and then it becomes the community’s responsibility to collect funds for any repairs that are needed later. This empowers the people to be self-sufficient and not become solely dependent on outside aid.

This clean water is critically important to the health and sustainability of these communities because pneumonia and diarrhea are the number one and two killers of children under the age of five. The water allows the people to wash on a regular basis, significantly increasing hygiene and sanitation practices.

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In the last six years, Jhai Coffee House has built 19 different wells for communities in Laos, on top of providing clean water filters for 55 primary schools that educate 7,500 children.

The difference this program is making for the lives of the people in these communities is massive. The clean water is saving lives, and the partnership between the people and the program not only allows for the people to survive, but to thrive.

Check out the link below to learn more about the program and to help empower these communities!

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