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Radford coffee shop opens, but not to make money

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RADFORD (WSLS 10) - Coffee lovers have a new spot in downtown Radford, but this shop is unlike anything most customers have experienced.

The Radford Coffee Company is a non-profit store that exists to raise money for children in Nicaragua. All employees, including the owners, work on a strictly volunteer basis. They are paid only in tips.

All restaurant profits will go toward supplies for six remote schools that receive no government funding. This will help more than 2,500 children get an education that otherwise they would not receive.

"They live in villages that are only accessible by river. All the supplies, all the needs of the schools are completely supplied by us," says owner, Eric Johnson, "So without us, there would be no education."

Johnson says in the three weeks since opening, customer response has been overwhelming. They hope to eventually set some profits aside to donate to local organizations as well.