We support coffee and cocoa producer organizations to become professional businesses by offering a customized and holistic three-way approach to all our projects and initiatives.
By providing technical assistance through training and consultancy assignments we help coffee and cocoa producer organizations become sustainable businesses and reliable supply chain partners.
Before starting a project, we analyze the current and local situation, possibilities and needs. We then create a plan together with the producer organization, aiming to strengthen their internal capacity for organizations to be able to stand on their own feet in the long run.
This approach is divided into three pillars. They can be used together for the highest impact, as well as separately
0. Business Management: what is your business about and what is important?
Together with the organization we analyze their current level of knowledge and provide individual advice and a plan of action for them to further strengthen their organization and/or specific activities. This is often related to a specific topic within the coffee and cocoa trade with a clear objective to be reached within 1-3 months.
Coaching and implementation is a long-term trajectory in which we, along with the organization, undertake a full business analysis. Based on this, a unique and holistic plan of action is developed taking into account access to finance and markets, quality improvements, capacity building, sustainability and diversification.
Beyco is owned and developed by Progreso since 2018. It is the first independent digital coffee trading platform that allows farmers and producer organizations to have full ownership over their data.
Its aim is to directly (digitally) connect coffee buyers, sellers and impact investors from all around the world to establish sales, sign export contracts and trade their coffee. The platform furthermore facilitates traceability and transparency in the coffee value chain.
By trading on the platform, a commercial and financial track record is created and the data is stored safely and can be shared with partners and other Beyco users with flexible and customizable levels of visibility. The recently added financier profile will further aid financial institutions in understanding risks, selecting verified prospects and providing credits, whereas the farmer app and dashboard will continue to give access to both online and offline information to farmers.
The Progreso Fund facilitates high-risk initial microcredit with loan ticket sizes below the threshold of social lenders. We are able to mitigate these risks through the insights and understanding obtained from our technical assistance activities. This way, we can support producer organizations that have the potential to grow, but do not yet have access to finance. Through the Progreso Fund they are able to start trading and build a track record.
Furthermore, by connecting them to the most reliable markets they are able to grow even further in market share. Once they have a track record, we link them to social lenders for further continuation of their business path.
Interested in finding out whether your organisation would be eligible for support from the Progreso Fund? Email us at email@example.com
We support coffee & cocoa producer organizations to become professional businesses by offering a customized approach to all our projects and initiatives.
By combining our expertise and network for professional technical assistance, with the online accessible Beyco trading platform, and our Progreso Fund to finance the small organizations that are not yet able to have other sources of access to finance, we are able to support smallholder farmer organizations holistically.
Technical assistance has been Progreso’s core activity since the start in 1998. Progreso works with coffee and cocoa producer organizations on their path to become sustainable businesses and reliable supply chain partners. To do so, Progreso provides a collection of trainings and consultancy assignments for these organizations.
A. General training on any aspect related to coffee and cocoa trade
B. Individual advice and support for organizations to strengthen their position
C. Coaching and implementation of a developed action plan with an individual organization
While the three steps together create the highest impact, it is possible to pick & mix. Our program is tailored for each organization and depends on the local situation and possibilities. We always analyse the current situation and plan together with the organisation depending on their needs. Our intention is always that internal capacity is strengthened so organisations can stand on their own feet.
can be conducted with individual organizations, but it can also be conducted in groups.
0. Business Management: what is the business and what is important.
1. Organization: How is a coop organized, what is important within an organization
2. Administration: Why and what is important in the administration
3. Product: Why and what is important to really know your product. It is never just ‘coffee’ or ‘cocoa’.
4. Promotion and Marketing: what to think of and why
5. Price: Pricing the product, negotiation and Price Risk Management
6. Exporting: Everything related to exporting coffee directly, required documents, instructions, insurance etc.
7. Contracting: what are different types of contracts, incoterms, definitions etc related to contracts.
8. Finance: What different types of finance exist, options and required documents for finance
For individual advice and support we analyze with the organization what their current level of knowledge is, and we make a plan of action to further strengthen their organization and/or specific activities. This is often related to a specific topic within the coffee and cocoa trade with a clear objective to be reached within 1-3 months.
is a long-term trajectory in which a full business analysis is done with an organization and a holistic plan of action is developed to support the organization to becoming a professional business. These projects are unique for every organization, taking into account access to finance, access to markets, quality improvements, capacity building, sustainability and diversification.
Beyco is a blockchain based coffee trading platform developed by Progreso Foundation. It is developed to respond to the needs from coffee buyers, sellers and impact investors to be directly connected and facilitates traceability in the coffee value chain.
Through Beyco buyers traders/service providers and sellers from all over the world can connect with each other online, establish sales and sign export contracts and trade their coffee on Beyco. By trading on the platform, data is stored safely and can be shared with partners and other Beyco users with flexible and customizable levels of visibility.
With the platform we do not only provide a tool for efficiency and transparency in the coffee value chain, but we also facilitate the digital connection between buyers, sellers and financiers to overcome the producer organizations’ biggest barrier: to have access to markets and finance at the same time. Beyco platform facilitates the creation of commercial and financial track records for sellers, buyers and financial institutions.
Recently the financier profile has been added to Beyco to gain efficiency for financial institutions in understanding risks, selecting verified prospects and providing credits.
Beyco is the first online coffee trading platform developed by a foundation. Beyco optimizes coffee trading activities and creates transparency on indicators that both buying and selling parties agree such as quality, certification, precise origin, and farmers involved in these trades within the global supply chain, while providing access to finance for producer organizations related to their green coffee contracts. Next to Beyco platform we have a Beyco farmer app and dashboard, which work both offline and online.
Beyco is active for 4 years now and over 400 cooperatives, 50 service providers/traders, 160 buying organizations and several social lenders are actively using it.
The Progreso Fund facilitates high-risk initial microcredit with ticket sizes below the threshold of social lenders. With the insights and understanding we obtain through our technical assistance activities, we our risk in providing these small loans. The Progreso Fund targets organizations that have potential to grow, but do not have access to finance yet.
Through the Progreso Fund organizations are able to start trading and build a track record. We also connect the coffee and cocoa producer organisations to the most reliable markets, to be able to grow further in market share. Once the organizations grow larger and have a track record, we link them to social lenders for further continuation of their business path.
Interested in finding out whether your organisation would be eligible for support from the Progreso Fund? Email our Progreso Fund Coordinator [of relevante collega] here [emailadres hyperlinked