Jhai Coffee House is the world’s first philanthropic coffee roaster and cafe dedicated to breaking the cycle of poverty for a whole community of coffee farmers in Laos, whilst also addressing the country’s clean water and sanitation crisis.
We exist because we believe that clean water and sanitation are human rights, not privileges.
We are a social business that aims to change your concept of charity by going beyond the methods employed by traditional charities to lift whole communities on the Bolaven Plateau out of the devastating cycle of poverty.
Our model works through co-investment. We buy coffee beans from local farmers in the community for 25% above the Fair Trade price. We give farmers new tools and resources to grow the best possible coffee beans and roast them in-house at Jhai. Our cozy cafe serves this locally grown and roasted coffee to the local community, as well as to the hundreds of tourists that come to the area to visit the coffee farms each day.
We also offer tours so people can learn how we take our awesome coffee from bean to cup. 100% of the net profit that Jhai generates is then re-invested directly back into the community in the form of building clean water pumps and improving the health of Lao children through sanitation projects.
In order to empower the community to be their own change-makers, we require them to put in around 15% of the costs towards the water pumps and the sanitation projects, while Jhai donates the rest. We want to break that cycle of dependency on handouts and create a sense of ownership over the development of the community.