We’re proud to announce our latest Good Coffee Doing Good campaign raised $2820 for the Gitesi Project, an initiative benefitting coffee farmers in Rwanda!
Our latest Good Coffee Doing Good campaign featured a delicious coffee from Gitesi Washing Station in Rwanda. Through sales of this coffee, along with sales of GCDG merchandise, we raised funds for the Gitesi Project - a charity that supports coffee farmers in Rwanda.
The Gitesi project was founded in 2015 by Aime Gahizi (co-owner of Gitesi Washing Station) and Tim Williams (founder and CEO of Bureaux Coffee) as a way to support Rwandan coffee farmers. It achieves this by giving dairy cows to coffee growing households, and in more recent years has expanded to also provide health insurance for the poorest members of the community.
Aime Gahizi, co-owner of Gitesi Washing Station.
The Gitesi Project has had a number of proven positive social impacts on Rwandan communities. These include improved food security and health outcomes, increased agricultural production and increased household income. Because the practice of giving cows is so ingrained in Rwandan culture, the project has also improved social cohesion.
You can read more about the history of Rwanda and why the giving of cows - or Girinka - is an important cultural practice in Rwanda in our previous story about this project.
First and foremost, we’d like to thank you: our wonderful customers who bought this special coffee or a tshirt, thereby contributing to the project. These projects are only made possible through the power of the specialty coffee loving collective!
We’d also like to thank the following wholesale partners who chose to brew and sell the coffee, and represent the initiative: Goodsline, Hardware Societe, Hustler, MIA MIA, Tyler’s Milkbar and Udom House. Along with guest accounts Grindstone Kitchen and Pixel Coffee Brewers.
GCDG at Udom House in West Melbourne.
We’ll keep you updated with any follow up we receive from the Gitesi Project, and we look forward to partnering with the Gitesi Project again in the future!
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Gitesi Washing station in Karongi, Rwanda.
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