The Perle Foundation

Developing Haitian Leaders

The Perle Foundation

The Perle Foundation was established in 2013. The story began, however, years earlier when the Glenwood Leadership Team, in coordination with those familiar with Haiti’s coffee rich coffee history and businesses, recognized an opportunity to provide economic self-sufficiency for Haitian coffee farmers, while furthering God’s kingdom in Haiti and throughout the world.  While on furlough in the U.S. in 2006, Bruce McMartin met with various specialty coffee industry representatives to discuss the viability and challenges of bringing the new product to market. Upon return to Haiti, Bruce shared the vision with Haitian farmers, who embraced the opportunity to develop a sustainable model that would provide a literal economic lifeline to the impoverished area. The farmers embraced the opportunity to develop a sustainable model that would provide an economic help to the impoverished area: providing family-wage jobs and enabling Haitian coffee farmers to break the cycle of extreme poverty through the farming and harvesting of high-quality specialty coffee—Haitian Perle.

The first bags of Haitian Perle were brought into the U.S. in 2009. This interest led to the establishment of The Perle Foundation. The mission of the Perle Foundation is to provide financial, social and spiritual support of individuals and families in Haiti and other economically challenged nations. The Perle Foundation raises funds for grants and programs that financially support Haitian coffee farmers and nationals, missionaries and seminary students.