Zakat Foundation of America is the first non-profit supporter of The Mokha Institute’s flagship project, the historic inaugural National Yemen Coffee Auction (NYCA).
With unanimous support from Yemen’s coffee community, The Mokha Institute launched the open auction platform for Yemeni farmers and exporters to access the global marketplace for the first time.
“The National Yemen Coffee Auction brings coffee, a Yemeni cultural staple, to the global stage. We at Zakat Foundation of America believe The Mokha Institute will help Yemeni coffee farmers achieve financial independence to uplift their families and communities,” says Halil Demir, Executive Director of Zakat Foundation of America.
The Mokha Institute aims to enhance and promote economic growth of Yemen, create a market for Yemeni coffee producers to directly engage international buyers and enable the expansion of the market for Yemeni coffee.
“What we are trying to achieve in Yemen is to bring hope and prosperity through specialty coffee. Every human being who touches this coffee—from the nursery to the farm, to the mill, to the sorting station, to the warehouse, to the roastery, to the cafe—is called upon to achieve excellence. And each of those human beings is of equal value,” says Mokhtar Alkhanshali, Co-Founder of The Mokha Institute.
“This auction is a step toward achieving that equality. And a step toward living up to the excellence we are called to. Zakat Foundation of America is a part of this excellence and together, we look forward to scaling their efforts in Yemen to new heights and making the hopes of Yemeni farmers into reality.”
Registration for the NYCA will be open until 15 August. Limited samples are available until that time on a first-come first-serve basis. The auction will take place on 31 August 2022.
The auction will be held through an online platform that will list the coffee lots for sale to allow buyers from around the world to submit their bids on these exceptional Yemeni specialty coffee lots.
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