After writing our recent blog post From Foreigner to Friend, our friend and partner Doon, featured in the post, commented about her experiences working with us thus far. We were so inspired and amazed by her response that we wanted to share it with everyone by dedicating a blog post to her response. Her comment has been edited here, but to view her original comment click the link to the post above.
All of the details in your explanation made me think about the day that we first met. A very tall and handsome foreigner guy with a young lady entered the shop, and both of you talked about your idea of starting a coffee business and raising money to bring my Thai coffee to America. I asked 'what does it mean to raise money' and you described it to me, but it was so difficult for me to understand you.
Again you explained to me, and you talked about people who help one another to become successful without requiring a lot of interest. You talked about sharing the profits and using it to help others. I stopped talking and listened carefully because this made me wonder if you two are real people.
Three days later we went to the coffee farm together, and I smiled many times because there were two young foreigners at a Thai coffee farm. We stopped talking and harvesting the coffee and enjoyed a very spicy lunch with the farmers. You both were very quiet while we ate, and it was the first time I saw foreigners eat hot spicy chilies.
After we got back from the farm, Kyle felt like one of my family members because I got many emails from him about coffee, coffee, and more coffee. We talked so much about coffee, the process, and beginning to bring Thai coffee to America. I could feel the passion within him.
Now I am no longer worried if Kyle is a real coffee person or not. You showed understanding and compassion for me and the hill tribe coffee farmers. I can feel that you found the answer about how to bring Thai coffee to America within your heart and soul.
It was so nice to have met you and Megan. So many thanks for teaching me about the new opportunity of doing business with the compassionate people in your country who want to help support Thai hill tribe coffee farmers. Thank you for the support of all your American friends to make this project successful.
Doon - Farm Manager (Chiang Rai, Thailand)