“In the end, the farmer will get a good price, but the problem is there’s not the right balance between when the farmer needs the money and when the farmer receives the money,” Mr. Vargas said, explaining that farmers depend on money they receive from selling beans during the coffee season to cover their production costs. Waiting for the coffee to be processed and roasted and reach stores can take several months. He said that some farmers he knows, who have been working with Thrive, have had to wait 6 to 12 months to be paid.
“Farmers do have to wait,” said Mr. Lander, who added that 6 to 12 months is a typical time frame for getting paid. For this reason, farmers are asked to put in only a small percentage of their crop the first year and to increase the portion over time.