Kahawatu Foundation

Improving rural incomes and livelihoods through the power of coffee

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Kahawatu - "the people's coffee" in Swahili - is a sustainable development initiative that is improving rural incomes and livelihoods through better cultivation of coffee. The Kahawatu Foundation works to make coffee supply chains sustainable in East Africa by ensuring that farmers obtain the resources and training they need to improve the production and quality of their crop. But it's not just farmers we support. At Kahawatu Foundation we invest in projects that will have a positive effect on the pride of coffee communities, such as strengthening the role of women in household decision-making, improving access to education for children, and increasing the availability of primary services like water and sanitation. Our activities focus on Burundi, Rwanda and Uganda, home to more than 2,500,000 smallholder coffee farmers. We currently support over 40,000 farmers and their families each year with continuous training on Good Agricultural Practices. Our goal is to transfer the knowledge that smallholders need to become more resilient - as farmers and households. Every year, thanks to the support of donors we invest between USD 800,000 to USD 1,000,000 in projects that directly support coffee communities.

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