Resources are scarce in the TieBei village, where the main office is located. Families in Jurihe want to improve their local education system because most children are unable to read and write. Schools are weak and outdated, and located far from where farmers live –some children walk over an hour to reach the closest schoolhouse. In the winter, temperatures can drop to -20 degrees. Given the harsh weather and inadequate facilities, many children do not attend school.
Portions of the cooperative’s Fair Trade premium will be used to improve their community's educational structures and support local families by providing supplies and services that promote a better learning environment. The cooperative will purchase and donate heaters, warm clothes and basic school materials as a start.