Burundi SHAMBA Mushroom Project

Café Grumpy first connected with Angele Ciza in 2013 at the African Fine Coffee Association conference in her home city of Bujumbura, Burundi. Immediately struck by Angele's warm personality and incredible dedication to coffee, we were excited to find that her coffee reflected that passion. She started working in the coffee business 20 years ago as an exporter, and has gone on to start her own company, KALICO, which runs 7 washing stations in Northern Burundi.

Angele is commited to community, gender equality, and social justice. She is a member of the International Women's Coffee Alliance, and is constantly working for her people to provide better access to healthcare, schooling, food, and income.

The goal of this project is to improve the lives of the 360-member Terimbere Cooperative who are responsible for the harvesting and production of our Shamba coffee. 200 members of the cooperative are women, and Angele strongly believes that empowering women is the key to bettering the community. This funding goes directly to a mushroom farming initiative that will act as an additional food source for the cooperative. Since mushrooms have a short harvest cycle, they can also provide extra household income in coffee's off-season. The mushrooms will also provide more organic matter for composting and improve the soil quality. This project will ultimately result in more high quality coffee, as the farmers will have better access to natural fertilizer, and will have a more stable income to take care of new trees.

Your purchases at Café Grumpy will also directly contribute to this campaign. $1 from the purchase of every 12oz Shamba retail bag and $.25 per cup of Shamba will go toward reaching the goal. 

If you are not in NYC, you can buy Shamba coffee here: http://cafegrumpy.com/shop/coffee/shamba-2/


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