GENEVA, SWITZERLAND, August 16, 2023 – Sucafina is proud to celebrate the 10th anniversary of its partner, Kahawatu Foundation, in 2023. Initiated by Sucafina in 2013, Kahawatu (‘people’s coffee’ in Swahili) is now an independent foundation dedicated to improving the livelihoods of coffee communities in East Africa.
Nicolas A. Tamari (CEO of Sucafina and President of the Kahawatu Foundation Board) and Justin Archer (Head of Sustainability at Sucafina and Executive Director of Kahawatu Foundation) joined other Kahawatu board and team members and partners at a recent event in Burundi to celebrate the anniversary.
The event included an inspiring visit to the Rama Dufatanemunda women’s association in Ngozi – Kahawatu has been supporting their work to help women achieve economic empowerment through access to land. The association now has over 130 members and the women were proud to share their stories of how they have developed coffee and other businesses as successful entrepreneurs.
Since 2013, Kahawatu Foundation has initiated 50 women’s groups, like Rama Dufatanemunda, as well as training 100,000+ coffee farmers in good agricultural practices (GAP), supporting 800,000+ coffee community members, and setting up 1,538 income-generating activities and 1,266 Village Savings and Loan Associations.
You can also watch the mini-documentary below to find out more about Kahawatu’s impact over the past decade.