The Gitesi Project
$15,000 is a lot of money in anyone’s book, but when it's used to buy cows for a Rwandan coffee-growing community, it can be life-changing.
Which is why, every year, we bring together an evolving cast of coffee industry partners to contribute to The Gitesi Project: a charitable initiative placing dairy cows with farming households in Rwanda.
To date, more than AU$60,000 has been raised to provide more than 70 families with a cow, a shed, and access to veterinary services. Since launching, the program has expanded to also provide health insurance for 100 of the community’s poorest farmers each year.
The 2018/19 season saw incredibly generous support from:
→ Coffee Supreme
→ Rocket Roasters
→ Rumble Coffee
→ Patricia Coffee Brewers
Of the funds raised, 100% is used to help bolster economic stability in coffee-growing households in Karongi, Rwanda. Working in partnership with Aime and Alexis Gahizi — owners of the Gitesi Washing Station — the money generated is used to buy dairy cows; an important provider of nutrition, fertiliser, and additional income for families.
And the thing about cows is, they make more cows. So each year, the project grows beyond what we put into it, and more of the families we rely on for our coffee are just a little less reliant on the unpredictability that often comes with growing it.
We’re looking for more partners this year. If you’re a roaster, based in Australia or New Zealand, and would like to make a small effort towards a big difference in a coffee farmer’s life, drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org