Through 10 Cents of Change, Crimson Cup Campaigns to Build Home for Injured Honduran Coffee Worker

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This Giving Tuesday, help build a house for an injured Honduran coffee worker and his family through the 10 Cents of Change campaign from Columbus coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee and Tea. The goal is to raise $3,000 in building supplies that volunteers will use to build a home for Jesus Lazo Lorenzo and his family on December 14.

Jesús Lazo Lorenzo

Jesús Lazo Lorenzo

We’re asking coffee lovers to donate a dime toward the costs of building a home for Jesús Lazo Lorenzo and his family, The house will create greater stability for Jesús and his family.

This Giving Tuesday, help Columbus coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea build a house for a Honduran coffee worker and his family through the 10 Cents of Change campaign.

“We’re asking coffee lovers to donate a dime toward the costs of building a home for Jesús Lazo Lorenzo and his family,” said Crimson Cup Founder and President Greg Ubert.

Customers can donate their 10 cents at Crimson Cup Coffee Houses in Columbus and Tallmadge, Ohio and through participating independent coffee houses. Donations can also be made online through Serve Hope International, Crimson Cup’s partner in Honduras. Contributions will be accepted through December 14, when construction on the home begins.

Through Crimson Cup’s Friend2Farmer direct trade program, Coffee Buyer Dave Eldridge works with local coffee farmers in Lazo’s village in Central Honduras. “We got to know Jesús, who picks coffee cherries for local farmers, and learned about his dream of building a home for his wife and children,” Eldridge said. “We were so impressed by his hard work and determination in the face of a series of personal tragedies that we decided to raise funds to build the house for him.”

Like most coffee pickers, Lazo works long hours for relatively low wages. He and wife Adelfia Girón have had six children together, with four still living at home.

After one of their sons suffered severe burns, Lazo took him to the United States for specialized medical care. Years later, the now 20-year-old son continues to struggle with severe mental and physical disabilities. Another child, born with hydrocephalus, passed away at the age of six.

“Medical expenses had already exhausted the family’s savings when, last September, Jesús had an accident with a machete that severed his hand,” Eldridge said. “Right now, one of his fingers doesn’t move, and he can’t work as efficiently as before. We want to create greater stability for Jesús and his family by giving them new home that they own.”

One hundred percent of funds donated through 10 Cents of Change will be used to purchase building supplies. On December 14, Crimson Cup, college students and Serve Hope International will use an estimated $3,000 in building supplies to build a home for the Lazo family.

About Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea

Columbus, Ohio coffee roaster Crimson Cup Coffee & Tea is Roast magazine’s 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year. Since 1991, Crimson Cup has roasted sustainably sourced specialty and craft coffee in small batches, which it sells directly to consumers and as wholesale coffee beans. The company also teaches entrepreneurs to run successful coffee houses through its coffee franchise alternative program, which includes a coffee shop business plan. Crimson Cup coffee is available through a community of more than 350 independent coffee houses, grocers, college and universities, restaurants and food service operations across 37 states, Guam and Bangladesh, as well as the company’s own Crimson Cup Coffee Houses. To learn more, visit crimsoncup.com.

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