Financial training + plenty of coffee = a dream come true

By CARE Australia September 22, 2020 6 comments

In their small town in Papua New Guinea, coffee farmers Mike and Alice have exciting things brewing.

With two young children, they have long been in the business of coffee farming, but struggled to make a living because of the challenges involved in looking after the farm. Their house was run-down, the roof leaked, their morale and relationship were suffering, and every dollar they earned, they had to spend – just to get by.

Thanks to your incredible support, CARE provided Alice and Mike training in financial planning and budgeting, farming techniques, and the importance of sharing farm and household responsibilities. 

“CARE taught us to make a budget, to have a dream, have a vision, and CARE taught us to work toward it so we can achieve our dream,” says Mike.  

For this couple, that vision was to improve the quality of their coffee and save enough money to build a new home!

“CARE taught us how to prune the coffee, how to look after the coffee so that we can produce good beans,” says Mike. “The bean quality and quantity are improving.”

The pair now keep a regimented budget and document all their expenses in a ledger, to help them meet their savings goal together. And by sharing roles on the farm and in the house, they have seen some amazing changes. 

“Alice can handle a saw and cut and spray the weeds”, says Mike. “The children help with chores, and they fetch water, bring firewood and help us to sweep the house.”

CARE’s training helped teach Mike to support Alice in her business ideas too, and she created her own small market business – adding even more to the family income. 

“The training didn’t just help us with coffee,” says Alice, “I have now started growing vegetables and selling them in the main market and we have employed people to work for me. I have started farming poultry and selling it at the market. So a big thank you to CARE for all this training.”

With so many hands making light work, and new skills in budgeting, within one year Mike and Alice built their dream home! They installed electricity and even a television which the neighbour’s children all come over to watch.

 “The best thing about my husband is that he supports me. We share money and financial decisions now,” says Alice.

Thank you for helping coffee farmers like Mike and Alice repair their livelihoods and build their dreams! 

Read more about how CARE’s work helps people save money and fulfil their dreams.

6 Comments Leave new

Felix Ximenes Oct 01 2020 at 01:10

Really touching story of Mike and Alice, I really want to encourage and want to visit one day because I was working in PNG before. Great and intersting story from CARE.

Felix Oct 01 2020 at 01:10

Really touching story of Mike and Alice, I really want to encourage and want to visit one day because I was working in PNG before. Great and intersting story from CARE.

Megan Bartley Sep 30 2020 at 02:09

My husband and I both lost our jobs to the covid and have a much reduced income but felt that we should continue to give to Care. These stories give us confidence that Care gets results. Good work all of you!

Ross Sutherland Sep 29 2020 at 05:09

That story tells me why we make our regular contributions to care. It is so heartwarming to see people benefit from assistance that is provided by Care. Keep up the good work.

Dianne Schahinger Sep 29 2020 at 03:09

It's really fantastic that CARE have helped Mike and Alice achieve their dream of running a successful business and building their new dream home. All the very best for your future, Mike,Alice and your family! CARE does a wonderful job helping families create a sustainable future and improve their standard of living.

Kerry Sep 29 2020 at 03:09

As a long term Care supporter it warms my heart when I read stories like Alice & Mike's. Great to know that my small monthly donation can change someone's life so dramatically.


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