CLE Foundation Cigar charity. Quite a good number of cigar brands run or support a charity program. And there are a few distributors that either support or started charities as well. They are giving back to the community. Some are open about it, raising awareness while trying to raise funds. Others do it on the low as they are afraid it will be seen as marketing.
Ministry of Cigars feels that all the actions of the factories should be highlighted. The cigar industry needs positive stories, and we need to get the word out to the general public and politicians that there is no other industry that gives back to the community as much as the cigar industry does.
Visas and breast cancer
In 2016, Christian Eiroa started the CLE Foundation. The goal of the foundation was to pay for sports visas for Honduran children. To make it possible for talented athletes to play sport at American universities. But plans change. And so did this plan. The bureaucracy around the visas made it impossible to continue this plan.
So the charity shifted. From visas to the Honduran Breast Cancer Foundation. The CLE Foundation is supporting this foundation financially. But there is another cause as well. It’s a reforestation program. The CLE Foundation reforested 17 acres this year. It’s the first year of the reforestation program. The ultimate goal is to reforest 1700 acres in Honduras. The reforestation program fits in the CLE philosophy to preserve nature and to become environmentally sustainable. CLE gets 80% of its energy from solar panels and all lights in the factory are LED. The CLE farms and factory are Bayer certified with zero impact on the environment. That’s also why the CLE Cigar Factory is the most hygienic cigar factory in Honduras. Even during the covid-19 pandemic, no real changes had to be made to the factory besides spacing.
Last month, two hurricanes hit Central America. Hurricane Eta and Hurricane Iota. Both left a lot of damage in Honduras and Nicaragua. Too much damage for the Honduran government to handle on its own. The CLE Foundation is helping out with a hurricane relief fund.
The CLE Foundation opened a gofundme that reached $10.000 before being closed. CLE Cigars pledged to match that amount. Other companies such as Seaboard Marine and Conchita Foods made pledges as well. Local groups work with the CLE Foundation and are offering beds to families that lost their homes to the hurricanes. This is short term help, but it is much-needed help for the people that need help the most.