2002 – 2008
The partnership with La Hilda Estate in 1998 marks Portland Roasting’s first Direct Trade purchase.
Costa Rica enjoys a higher standard of living than other coffee growing regions. Yet, its rural communities lag behind more developed countries when it comes to technology. Portland Roasting worked with the Vargas Family to establish internet access and hire a computer instructor to teach all grades at La Hilda Estate School which they operate on the farm to educate the children of farm workers.
The teacher came to the classroom three times a week to teach about 40 students. We also helped implement a pen-pal program between students on the La Hilda Estate and their peers from Spanish Immersion programs in the Portland Public Schools.
This project supports the following Millennium Development Goals:
#2, achieve universal primary education