"Thank you so much for coming. My whole life I have worked hard in the fields and have made very little. I did not know coffee was worth anything. I am ready to work hard with you."
- Mariama Cire Diallo, A Resident of Kondel
Lead by coffee collective president Thierno Boubacar Diallo, 45 hard-working coffee cultivators are steadily improving the economic status of Guinea. With the aid of lessons taught by the newly formed NGO Cafe du Foutah, this collective is learning how to cultivate coffee beans efficiently and invest earned profits into further agricultural projects and community programs. The Kondel Coffee Collective currently retains possession of 16,000 three-year old coffee trees in need of transplant within the next few months to get the full benefits of the coming rainy season, and its members have worked hard to secure the 24 acres of land necessary for successful cultivation. The fenceposts necessary for this project are now ready for use, and sixty people have gathered to assist with the transplant. Spirits are high and hope is rising.
What they don’t have yet is the $2,640 USD necessary to buy 24 acres of metal fence caging, which will ultimately provide protection from the cows and goats that roam the area. Ninety-six rolls of metal fence caging are needed to set this coffee cultivation project in motion. The price of one roll is 275,000 GF—which is equal to only $27.50 USD. The average American spends nearly that much on coffee in one week! Please take a moment to buy a roll, and soon you will be drinking a cup of Cafe du Foutah in your own living room.
(Free is the knowledge that each cup holds a sustainable promise of new schools, better health center equipment, new roads, and a safer water supply for the country of Guinea.)
The young coffee trees still in their sachets after three years.
This coffee tree was given as a gift from the Kondel Café Collective. It was transplanted as an experiment. The experiment was successful and had been closely monitored for the past three months
New blooms begin on the experimental transplant tree, ready to bear fruit in the upcoming months.
A panoramic view of the future coffee farm for the Kondel Café Collective. A new home for 16,000 new trees.
The Kondel Café Collective attending classes on best practices for cultivating coffee trees and steps for problem solving in business.