Empowering women in coffee farming
Meet Dorotee Uwimbabazi, a proud Rwandan coffee farmer who never stops trying to improve the methods she uses on her farm. Recently, she discovered the benefits of planting shade trees in her garden; not only do they protect the coffee trees, but they also provide the perfect compost when they shed their leaves. “I think they have made my garden one of the best in my community,” she beams.
Dorotee is one of around 3,500 Rwandan women in farming who have benefitted from the Nestlé Farmer Training Program launched in 2016 in collaboration with the Kahawatu Foundation. Its aim is to offer training in good agricultural practices. They are taught about different things from financial literacy to global coffee prices, pruning and weeding to mulching and harvesting. We aim to make coffee farming more profitable. With profit also comes socio-economic empowerment and financial security.
“The Kahawatu Foundation is helping to make us better farmers. But the real benefits of partnering with them is that it has enabled me to take care of my children’s wellbeing,..”