Saplings is a grassroots nonprofit organization that is focused on working with residents of the rural mountain community of Potenciana, Costa Rica, to expand educational opportunities, preserve the natural environment, and develop a sustainable economy.Learn More
Five Ways Saplings Benefits the Whole Community
Education and Girls Scholarship Fund
We fund capital improvements and equipment for the local school educating grades 1-6 and enable promising students to continue their education past the sixth grade.
We work with residents and local leaders to implement community infrastructure needs, such as erosion control and water and electrical delivery systems.
We are developing the foundation for residents to develop markets for local goods, such as coffee, cocoa, honey, cheese, fruits and vegetables, and tourism.
Ecological Preservation and Restoration
We fund sustainable agriculture workshops and practices so local farms can become certified. We have planted 1,200 trees for wildlife habitat and carbon offset.
Contact us and we will send you information to select and donate a tree as a living memorial for a loved one. We will tag the tree with the name and dates of your honoree and send you a photograph.
Thanks to your donation Saplings will ensure that any girl wishing to attend high school is not limited by a lack of resources.Donate
Saplings is committed to ensuring that all children who want to continue school past the sixth grade are able to do so. Currently we are enabling four promising young girls who have no employment opportunities to attend middle and high school. We cover the costs of transportation over rough mountain roads, school uniforms, backpacks, supplies, books, and personal needs. We stay in touch with the girls, their parents, and their teachers, so that we may monitor their progress. Recently we established a canteen fund so they can eat healthy food during long school days and we are providing outfits for their high school internships.Donate Now
Saplings Scholarship Girls
Give the gift of education this holiday
Enjoy an excellent cup of sustainably grown Arabica coffee while supporting our girls' scholarship program!
For your donation of $50 we will send you a thank you bag of Potenciana Café coffee. For your donation of $115, receive 4 bags!
Important: Please make a note of this offer via the "special instructions" link when you pay via PayPal.
To pay with a check, please contact us.
Praise for Potenciana Cafe Coffee
Here's what the experts have to say about Potenciana Café coffee
The Potenciana Café coffee can compete with any high altitude coffee in the country.
— Arnoldo Leiva, president of Sintercafe, who recommended entry into the prestigious Cup of Excellence competition, San Jose, Costa Rica,14 March 2014
Dear Friends, I want to extend my sincere congratulations for the excellent quality of your coffee. Safe Minor, who is a taster for Transamerica export, and I tasted the coffee and we scored the coffee at 88.65 points, which is very excellent quality.
— Ing. Donald Castillo C., DesaCafe, San Jose, Costa Rica, 8 September 2014
Some of the coffee pickers who support higher education for girls of Potenciana, with Mike and Bill.