Africa is the second-largest continent in the world, with over fifty countries and a population of nearly 1.4 billion. It is home to nine known environmental biomes with the equatorial belt cutting straight through the middle of Africa. Harvested all throughout this equatorial belt are some of the best coffee beans in the world.
Ethiopia is widely considered the birthplace of Arabica coffee beans. Uganda is the indigenous home of Robusta beans. This coveted crop is the primary source of income for the families living adjacent to our Kawa Hill Field Office in Wobulenzi. Low prices from coffee co-ops and changing climate conditions are constant obstacles for our neighborhood coffee growers. Many coffee farmers lack the tools, training, and bargaining power to overcome those challenges.
In 2019, Uganda Shoe Trees began purchasing coffee beans from our surrounding neighbors to add to the coffee we began harvesting from our Kawa Hill Field Office property. We offer stable and sustainable prices for the beans they grow and blend them to make our Kawa Hill Robusta Coffee. The stable and sustainable prices we pay allows for parents – especially single mothers – to make enough money to enroll their children in local schools. All proceeds from Kawa Hill Coffee sales are returned to Uganda Shoe Trees and invested in our Partner schools and their campus projects.