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Our Mission

THE LAUGHING MAN FOUNDATION SUPPORTS COFFEE FARMING COMMUNITIES BY INVESTING IN PROGRAMS THAT CLEAR THE WAY TO HEALTH, GROWTH, AND SUCCESS FOR COFFEE FARMERS AND THEIR FAMILIES.

Our Origin

Check out our feature film, Dukale's Dream, chronicling the start and growth of Laughing Man Coffee and The Laughing Man Foundation.

This appreciation for community and family is very much a part of how we operate our cafes and we wanted the foundation to be an extension of that. So we look to programs that focus on sustainable individuals, family, and community.

Current Project

The Laughing Man Foundation is currently partnering with Fair Trade US to invest in housing improvements and college scholarships for the COOCENTRAL Coop in Huila, Colombia.

For 2018 we will be providing:

40 College Scholarships

WITH ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR THE HIGHER EDUCATION SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM, COOCENTRAL PROVIDES SUBSIDIES TO THEIR MEMBER AND EMPLOYEES' FAMILIES TO PARTICIPATE IN FORMAL HIGHER EDUCATION PROGRAMS TO IMPROVE THEIR OWN QUALITY OF LIFE AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR THE FUTURE.

100 Homes

WITH FUNDS TO IMPROVE PLUMBING, ROOFS, BEDROOMS, KITCHENS AND OTHER BASIC QUALITY OF LIVE IMPROVEMENTS.

THROUGH THE HOUSING IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM, COOCENTRAL OFFERS COOPERATIVE MEMBERS AN OPPORTUNITY TO RECEIVE SMALL-GRANTS TO RENOVATE THEIR HOMES BY REPLACING WORN AND RUSTED METAL ROOFING, REFINISHING KITCHENS AND INSTALLING SMOKE-LESS COOK STOVES, IMPROVING ROUGH CEMENT FLOORS WITH NEW TIELS, BUILDING ADDITIONS FOR GROWING FAMILIES, AND INSTALLING NEW ELECTRICITY, WATER STORAGE TANKS, WINDOWS, AND DOORS.

Housing Improvement Program: Progress to date

  • 43% of the improvements involved installing floors, cement, painting, and wall repairs.
  • 19% of the improvements involved completely new roofing, including new roof support beams, installation of doors.
  • 11% of the improvements involved constructing and/or modifying an existing kitchen, including the construction of countertops, tile/backsplash, and painting
  • 13% of the improvements involved constructing and/or modifying the sanitary facilities, including the installation of tile walls, doors, and painting, as well as the building out of bedrooms
  • 6% of the improvements involved the installation of ceilings and/or the construction of a second floor

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Testimonials

COOCENTRAL member José Vicente Cuellar, from the municipality of Suaza, is thankful for the housing subsidy that he was elected to receive. He said, “Thanks to the COOCENTRAL housing improvement program and the Laughing Man Foundation, I was able to build this entire home, as my previous home was in very poor, unsafe and unsanitary conditions. Without this support I would not have decided to make this investment in this new home.”


COOCENTRAL member Wilson Ceballes Rivera, from the municipality of Garzón, said “I am infinitely grateful to the Cooperative’s Housing Improvement Program and its partial funder the Laughing Man Foundation.” The grant that he received allowed him to build an entire new home, as their previous home was built out of clay reinforced with sticks.


COOCENTRAL members Rubén Dario Yaime and Hernán Calderón acknowledged, “Thanks to the Home Improvement Program, we managed to improve their homes by installing completely new floors.”