It’s with great delight that I am able to announce our new One 4 One Coffee Project. The premise is very simple. For every 250g bag of delicious Bora coffee that you buy, we will donate the neccessary funds to plant one coffee tree at one of our project sites in Kihembe, Uganda. You can read more about our first coffee project in a previous post written about the subject.
(Our Rwandan coffee from the Missouzi Co-operative is particularly popular)
The project is primarily a drive for sustainability. In order for our projects to have a lasting impact in Uganda, we need to incorporate income generating strategies into their design and implementation. In Kihembe, conditions for growing coffee are good and we have a highly skilled team in place in Uganda who are able to manage the growth of coffee at our three primary project sites: Kishunju Nursery & Primary School, Kihembe Secondary School & Kihembe Health Centre.
Coffee takes between 3-5 years to grow and harvest, but when it is ready to be harvested after careful cultivation, the money that can be made is proportionally high for the local economy. The money generated from the coffee sites will be directly funded back into the projects. For example, at Kishunju the money could contribute to the cost of teacher’s salaries, reducing the stress of the parents to find the fees each term; at the secondary school the money could pay for important scholastic materials such as textbooks, exercise books and other stationary; and finally at the health centre, the money could buy invaluable medicines that are prohibitively expensive for an underfunded local health care facility.
(Our project manager Elly with some of the coffee planted at Kishunju PS)
In time, it is our dream to work with coffee growers in Kihembe to produce a crop that we could potentially import to the UK and sell at Bora! Whilst this is ambitious, we believe that we can do it, although it is likely to take a while as we want to ensure that the coffee is of the highest quality possible.
To buy a bag of beans, please visit the Bora website for more information.