The difference coffee can make!
Entrust has supported the establishment of a coffee cooperative (since 2016-7) amongst poor communities on Mt Elgon, in eastern Uganda. Building on five successful seasons of coffee planting, production and export-supporting infrastructure, we are turning our focus to providing intensive training for the 1500+ farmers and their families, together with some infrastructure. Our partners will invest in stumping and pruning training, more coffee and shade trees, tools and organic fertiliser training with the aim of increasing farmers’ coffee yields and quality and improving productivity and land cultivation practices.
Edisa’s life-changing story
Edisa is 77 years old, twice widowed and has 8 children. Five grandchildren live with Edisa. She began coffee farming as a widower in 2007. For six seasons she says, “I have been cheated by the coffee companies and middlemen. I decided to swap (to our partners) and my world has changed. I now get a fair price and I feel supported, not like before. I also get a bonus to help me over the hungry season when we all struggle. My life has changed. I sell my coffee and get some money so I can look after my family. It is MUCH better!”