Coffee Community Supports Farmers Affected by Nepal Earthquake


The 2015 Nepal earthquake, also known as the Gorkha earthquake, killed more than 7,000 people and injured more than twice as many with a magnitude of 7.8 on the Richter Scale.

Lekali Coffee Estate, run by Nima Tenzing Sherpa, was greatly affected by the earthquake. 37 families who work on the farm were displaced and farmers are taking shelter at the coffee mill with supplies hard to gather.

Lekali wants to take an initiative to support the villages and cooperative from where they source their coffees directly or indirectly. The major disaster that has occurred in these areas has left 90 percent of the houses demolished. Lekali’s focus has been to provide these families with basic relief centers, desperately requiring tents as it has been continuously raining in these areas and there is no shelter.

“Nepal is one of those places in the world that really touches your soul,” said Andrew Russo of Caffe Ladro, who met Tenzing on a trek in Kathmandu in 2013 and set up Save Lekali, a relief fundraising site for Lekali Coffee Estate.

“The people there are the warmest, kindest, and most hearty people I have encountered. They are happy to share a place of such stunning beauty with you, even if they have nothing but a tea to offer as you journey through it. Tenzing, his family, and his farm embody this spirit and I want nothing more in the world to see him rebuild, succeed, and bring both hope and prosperity to a region that needs both.”

The total cost of rebuilding these families’ homes has been estimated at $70K. We encourage you to join in the ongoing relief efforts, supporting those affected by the earthquake in any way that you can, including Save Lekali as well as these other major organizations who has reached out to us: Heifer International, Mercy Corps, and ZUMIS for Nepal.

Photo: Lekali Coffee Estate