Haitians are tired of living in poverty and fearing for their lives. The need for long-term solutions is overdue and requires your attention.
Meet Kaitryn Olson, Singing Rooster’s new summer publicity intern and burgeoning home roaster. Kaitryn is studying economics and mathematics at the University of Wisconsin. Kaitryn met Molly (head rooster) at a spring UW symposium and wanted more! We’re thrilled to have her as part of the team. She’s smart, curious, and understands the world belongs to everybody. On her first week at Singing Rooster, she began learning about home roasting and brewing Haitian coffee; here’s her personal account of a week at Singing Rooster. I … Read More
With father’s day fast approaching, it’s the time of year we pay extra special attention to dad. Kaitryn’s dad taught her how to read through retelling the Harry Potter books every night. Christophe’s dad sat with him when he had an earache and taught him how to say thank you in four languages. Molly’s dad made a mean marinara, sang off-key, and enjoyed wearing socks with his Red Wing cowboy boots. Our dads have been there for us, and we cherish them. Haitian Fathers … Read More
Why do you travel? Maybe it’s to try new foods, maybe it’s to meet new people. Maybe you travel to help others who seem to have less than you or maybe you want to run to new and distant lands (definitely me, all the time). Maybe it’s because you can. Whatever your reasons, it’s time you traveled Haiti. Not only is Haiti beautiful, friendly, and has perfect temperatures, it has that sense of home you’re not going to find in other places. The culture of … Read More
Singing Rooster is re-branding November 11th as “Hug your favorite Veteran Day.” We’re wrapping our arms around Justin Dena — our new Director of Development and our favorite Veteran. He’s building markets and leading our visits to Haiti. Interested in touring coffee fields in rural Haiti? We’d love to have you come along. For those of you who know us (truly know us), you know Singing Rooster has been working in Haiti for almost a decade and that we are really, really small. We’ve needed … Read More
Does the thought of organizing ANOTHER silent auction keep you up at night? Make you feel fatigued? It should. They have LOUSY return on investment. Do the math. Add up the hours required to finding and retrieving items, pricing, writing and framing descriptions, displaying, assembling auction book (while items are coming in), and disturbing guests for bidding. Now add in the days you spent coordinating the checkout and gaggle of volunteers. Don’t forget to include the fact that a wonderful evening ends by requiring guests … Read More
Embark on an adventure of a lifetime with an origin trip to Haiti’s coffee lands. Haiti was the world’s third largest coffee producer in 1949. After decades of dormancy, Singing Rooster, a social enterprise nonprofit, has been working directly with farmers since 2009. Together, we’re putting Haiti’s reputation back on the world’s coffee map. Join us on a tour of Haiti’s coffee mecca, Thiotte, where you’ll visit family farms, farmer-owned processing centers, and experience rural Haiti. This tour provides insight into something rare– where getting … Read More
Building Sustainable Business Opportunities in Haiti (Why Coffee Matters) Singing Rooster has been investing in small producers in Haiti for almost a decade. We launched operations with Haitian coffee farmers in 2009 and became 501c3 nonprofit in 2010. We’ve increased yields, planted hundreds of thousands of new coffee trees (and shade tree canopies), renovated hundreds of farms, and improved processing techniques. Coffee was a once significant crop and can be a major factor in Haiti’s path to self-sustainability (job creation, dignity). Now add in mangoes, … Read More