Last year's winner of the IIX N-Peace Innovation Challenge, Coffee for Peace is one of the world's most unique social enterprises. It brews peace by viewing women as solutions to peacebuilding instead of as victims of conflict. By training female farmers to grow coffee and exporting the produce to Canada, Coffee for Peace is helping to build systemic resilience and economic opportunities for war torn communities in Mindanao Philippines. The best part, Joji Pantoja, the enigmatic entrepreneur behind the organization, a wonderful role model for women everywhere who want to make a difference, stand for a cause and serve as the voice of progress. Read on to learn more about Joji and Coffee for Peace!
From a political activist to being a peace activist, Joji Pantoja knows what transformation can do to a person. Whether a farmer or an advocate, the change starts from within. And even in farming and planting coffee, the being, the self must first be whole to be able to commune with Nature. Sounds esoteric? Biblical? Even ethereal? That belief has made Joji convert coffee farmers into responsible community leaders and peace builders.