What does Fair Trade look like in the D.R. Congo?
In 2017, Direct Fair Trade Premiums (the extra we pay on each shipment of coffee), went towards capacity building. More specifically, it paid for:
- 55 new hand picking tables - this provides good working conditions for the women who sort each coffee bean by hand!
- Training on pruning practices for farmers
- Over 250,000 coffee trees to be planted
- Practical tools, like saws for pruning
Interest is growing in this unique coffee. In 2018 we will double the amount of green coffee we buy!
Here's what's happening right now (June 2017): Hugo is in Africa visiting farmers. His latest stop, D.R. Congo with coffee friend Jono from Bean There Coffee.