This month One World Tuition is highlighting our partnership with Kahlo Coffee. This company is operated by Alexandria Carrascalao who lives in Australia. She has provided support to us as a non-profit and awareness for our students who need funding for school. We decided to highlight her company in our blog so that she can gain more followers and strengthen her business. Below is an interview where she answers some personal and business questions. Take a few minutes to read through this post and find out more about Kahlo Coffee and what they do to support and reach youth, especially girls and women for education. She desires to partner with us to end the cycle of poverty.
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1. Background information. Name, hobbies, family, school, passions, etc.
Alexandra Carrascalao but I prefer Alex. I’m an independent mama to three incredible little humans. Khloe 8, Lilah 4 and Everly 19 months. I completed high school then took some time off to figure out what I wanted to be when I grew up. I started a degree in media communications and another in forensics and psychology, both of which I didn’t complete. My mental health always got the better of me and I struggled to stay focused. From a young age I was certain of two things, I wanted to make a lot of money and help as many people as I could. I’m passionate about the world around us, it’s people, the environment. I have volunteered for various charities over the years and have donated to many charities for the last 18 years. I love to learn and I am always curious about things. I’ve always been that way. My hobbies are always changing but are always creative outlets. I love to read, paint and used to own a handmade business working with wood.
2.What is the day to day like with you running multiple start ups and being a mom?
No easy feat! I work from home so my girls always come first. I work around their needs. During the day I have my youngest two at home with me. I’ll check emails, Instagram and I try to limit my work time until my girls are in bed. I do the bulk of my work from 9:00pm to 1:00am or 2:00am. I’m not much of a sleeper so it’s a great time for me to work uninterrupted and be productive.
3. What inspired you to start Kahlo Coffee?
I’m a coffee fiend. I survive on about 6/8 cups a day. My love for coffee started from a very young age. My family have owned a coffee plantation in Timor Leste for about 80 years. I’ve always understood the work that goes behind the journey of farm to cup. It wasn’t until a few years ago that I learned how poorly these coffee farmers were paid and how difficult it is for women. In a very male dominated industry, I wanted to help change the status quo and help highlight the real stories, faces and names behind coffee.
Kahlo Coffee is a social enterprise; we exist to help others. My mission to help educate impoverished girls came first and Kahlo coffee was the byproduct of my mission as I needed a means in which to generate profit to fulfill my mission.
4. Where do you see Kahlo Coffee in ten years?
In ten years, I envision incredible growth for Kahlo Coffee! A market leader for truly fair, transparent and honest coffee. We will help bring about much needed change for women in the coffee industry, starting at farm level. We will have coffee offerings from all over the globe. In ten years we will have established close relationships with farmers to eliminate unnecessary middle men which means more money in farmers pockets. I’d love to own a roastery and cafe. The possibilities are endless.
5. Where did you come up with the name Kahlo Coffee?
It took me a while to think of a name. So many I thought up were already used. In the end I went with Kahlo coffee as I love Frida Kahlo. We’re all about women empowerment and living unapologetically. Frida seemed perfect, she embodies everything we stand for as a company.
6. Why did you choose to work with One World Tuition over the many great nonprofits out there?
One World Tuition is an organization that aligns with my goals and passion. I’m a firm believer in the power of education, especially in third world nations where education is the opportunity to break the cycle of poverty and change the trajectory of people’s lives for the better. Stefanie and Seth are so passionate, they love what they do. Their energy and determination is infectious and I knew they were the kind of people I wanted to work with to achieve great things.
7. Have you traveled outside of Australia?
My passport needs many many more stamps! I’ve only traveled to Timor Leste, Bali and New Zealand. I can’t wait to do more travel.
8. What's your favorite coffee?
Somewhat biased obviously but I love Timor coffee, I’ve been drinking it most my life.
9. Why is it important for girls to be educated?
Oh I could go on and on here. It’s been proven time and time again, when we educate a young girl, she will change her life and that of her family’s. These young girls become strong women with the knowledge and tools to make great impact in their communities and nations.
10. What was your favorite subject in school?
At school I loved English and history. I loved learning. I’ve always enjoyed writing; short stories and poems. As a child I loved reading the dictionary and thesaurus. I loved learning new words. With history, I really enjoyed learning about different countries, prominent moments in time. It all still fascinates me.
Thank you Alex for your interview! We love to partner with other organizations around the world to end the cycle of poverty through educating children. It is most crucial to our future on this earth and the best investment we can make; the education of women and children.
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