After Initial Surge of Relief, Longterm Vision is required in Haiti

hurricane matthew crops coffee

Only $2700 from our seedling nursery goal! There’s a reason Giving Tuesday came into existence; we need to cleanse our soul after over indulgence from a hearty Thanksgiving meal, excess drink, and too much shopping. We’ve launched a fundraiser for a seedling nursery near Camp Perrin — a small village on a hillside near Les Cayes that suffered extreme loss.  We’re $2700 from our goal. Thanks for pushing us over! Hurricane Matthew Update: Thanks to our many friends who have asked how we (staff, farmer partners, … Read More

BEST Halloween Costumes EVER – share yours

halloween haiti

Looking for a treat this Halloween?  It’s the perfect occasion for Haitian chocolate. Adults only.  70% dark, rich and creamy. Halloween is a great time to cut loose, have a little fun. Here are some of our favs — please share yours! Make your 2016 Halloween the best ever:  introduce friends and family to #Haitianchocolate.  Tell them that directly supporting farmers through Singing Rooster is a pathway to autonomy.  Building a #selfsustaining Haiti is our collective goal, and opening up direct market access for farmers is … Read More

What’s better than a Silent Auction?

silent auctions suck

A marketplace. We know you’re in the middle of fundraising season.  We also know the HOURS (days, months) you’ve spent on the (staff dreaded) silent auction. If you’ve ever questioned the cost-benefits of the silent auction, we have a solution. This year at your annual gala – put up a small marketplace / table of goods sourced directly from people (artisans, farmers) who benefit from sales. A producer-direct marketplace is the perfect alternative:  you save valuable time while raising money and folks go home with something special. … Read More

Haitian Chocolate Bars are back baby!

haitian chocolate bar singing rooster

Singing Rooster’s Creamy Dark Haitian Chocolate Bar Line 78% Dark, luscious chocolate bars, 4 choices, ONE really important reason: Haiti’s cacao farmers win. (Note: we ship chocolate when the weather cooperates / when it’s cooler vs. hotter). Chokola Ayisyen never tasted so good. Plain Dark Delicious Coffee Crunch (roasted Haitian coffee bits) Sea Salt & Roasted Nibs (crunchy cacao bits) Wisconsin Cranberry Chew 2.2 ounce bars — 47% bigger than the old bars 78% creamy dark, organic chocolate Packaged in clear, food grade cellophane w/ … Read More

U.S. Dumps Peanuts on Haiti

U.S. dumps peanuts on Haiti

September 13th is National Peanut Day.  In spite of being a delicious and nutritious food, peanuts are causing a sticky situation in Haiti.  Is dumping peanuts on Haiti good or bad?  That’s the wrong question. After two years of a bumper peanut crop in the U.S. that was brought about by price subsidies paid to farmers by taxpayers, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA ) is shipping surplus peanuts to Haiti. On the surface, this seems like a good idea:  kids are hungry, some starving. … Read More

International Literacy Day

National literacy Day, Haiti

International Literacy Day, Haiti National literacy day is the PERFECT day to re-think how we respond to poverty. Haiti’s literacy rate is 64% for males and 57% for females. Nearby Latin American and other Caribbean boast a whopping 92% literacy rate. Why the big difference? 50% of Haitian children do not attend school 30% of children who do attend school, won’t see third grade Another 60% abandon school before sixth grade Very few Haitians 25 or older attend secondary school much less college or vocational school … Read More

Say hello to Papillon !

about papillion haiti

In other words, most orphans in Haiti aren’t really orphans. Why?  70% of parents are unemployed.  Jobless parents put children in orphanages out of need, not desire. Papillon is a Haitian social enterprise that markets artisan goods.  They create jobs for parents so that they may keep children at home.  They’re also environmentally conscience where products are made from recycled materials. Even if you’ve never heard of Papillon, you’re likely familiar with their jewelry.  This video shows how beads made from upcycled cereal boxes, clay, glass & brass are transformed … Read More

Help spread the word about Singing Rooster

singing rooster grocery store

On your next trip to your natural grocery store, food co-op, or big box, talk to the coffee buyer about Singing Rooster. Tell them:   Haitian coffee is in demand but hard to find. Remind them:  There are tens of thousands of Haitian Diaspora living in the U.S. plus thousands more who volunteer in Haiti.  Our coffee attracts new customers. Offer a personal testimony:  Our Haitian coffee is excellent. Say:  We are environmentally responsible:  For every bag of coffee, we plant an income-providing tree. Toss in:  we’re dedicated to paying … Read More

Health Benefits of Coffee

health benefits #haiticoffee

Did you see the GREAT news about the health benefits of (Haitian) coffee yesterday (June 2016)? A new study Finds even MORE Evidence Coffee Can Be a Life-Saver. We’ve been saying this for years at the rooster! A new study adds these benefits of coffee:   those with colon cancer benefit by drinking several cups (researchers also think coffee also helps prevent it) — so go ahead, pour yourself another cup — just make it #haitiancoffee. One benefit of drinking #Haitiancoffee?  You’re directly supporting farmers.  Do-gooders are … Read More