Successful Ugandan co-op is one of the first in the world to produce coffee beans grown exclusively by women, which makes for a one empowering brew.
For decades, top quality coffee has been grown on the fertile red soils of Mount Elgon, an extinct volcano in Uganda. Thanks to the Fairtrade-registered Gumutindo co-op, over 3,000 coffee farmers now get a price for their coffee which reflects this quality. Recently, Gumutindo has made history by becoming one of the first companies anywhere in the world to market coffee grown exclusively by women. One of them is Mary Nabugobe, who is using her profits to support her daughter through university. She has recently been elected onto the co-op’s management committee. “I think I was chosen because I am a hardworking woman who is competing with men to produce [the best] coffee”, says Nabugobe. “My responsibility is to teach other women farmers to produce good quality coffee, and to advise them to plant more coffee trees.” - Simon Birch
Photos: Alternative Trading Organisation / Twin Trading Gumuntido