Kyambura women brewing hope in a coffee cup
Kyambura Gorge is a remarkable location in Western Uganda, set within the valleys of the Rwenzori mountain range at the edge of Queen Elizabeth National Park. Among the coffee trees and vegetable gardens in a small village, is a small coffee cooperative and processing station run by the Volcanoes Safaris Partnership Trust (VSPT), which is a non-profit organisation started by Volcanoes Safaris.
Tuesday April 2 2013
The women’s cooperative focuses on improving the quality of their coffee to gain recognition for their brand in the market. Photo by Rebecca Vassie.
Because of the high quality of the product, the VSPT pays the co-op 60 per cent more per kilo than they could fetch in the local market. The Trust then handles the marketing and sales of the coffee to recoup their cost. All proceeds from sales go back to the co-op and processing centre.
The Trust is also providing the group – most of whom cannot read or write – with financial management training with the aim that they will one day be able to manage all the marketing and sales autonomous of the Trust.