Burundi SHAMBA Mushroom Project

$2,425 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 61 people in 10 months
Cheryl L. Kingan  LONG ISLAND CITY, NY
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 will go 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 Cafe Grumpy during May and June 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. 

The proposed start date of this project is June 2016, just after the coffee harvest is finished.
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Update 10
Posted by Cheryl Kingan
16 days ago
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We are excited to relaunch our fundraiser for the Shamba Mushroom Project. With your help we've been able to send $7000 directly to Angèle and the Terimbere Cooperative, and we will continue to work toward our goal of $15k.

Project leader Jean-Bosco Rugayabatinya has already given hands-on mushroom cultivation and production classes to 25 women and 20 men. During their training sessions, the groups were able to produce a total of 230 kgs of mushrooms and 250 kgs of compost. Bosco hopes to have enough resources to train 85 more co-op members this year.

One of the biggest challenges of project development is moving supplies from Bujumbura (the capital) to Kirundo. This drive is about three hours, and the roads are frequently blocked. Ideally the cooperative will have their own autoclave machine for sterilization and cultivation of spores, which is part of the next phase of fundraising.

Thanks for your continued interest and support !
Bosco and trainees with their mushrooms
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Update 9
Posted by Cheryl Kingan
6 months ago
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Bosco has completed the first round of training with 20 cooperative members, and in about two weeks they will collect their first harvest. Theory and practice seminars with two new trainee groups are underway as they await the initial mushroom production.

We continue to work toward meeting our fundraising goal for the project, and will be reviewing our cafe sales at the end of this month to see where we stand.

Your ongoing support and encouragement of this project has been tremendous. If you'd like to donate, there is still time!

Many thanks!
Inoculated substrate in grow bags
Cotton seed substrate
Initial growth phase
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Update 8
Posted by Cheryl Kingan
7 months ago
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This week, Bosco started his four-month training campaign with 20 members of the cooperative. Each group has an intensive program that features theory and practice, incubation, fructification, and four harvests. Mushroom varieties, farming techniques, cooking ideas, processing and conservation are all a part of the training.

Construction of the mushroom houses will be happening in conjunction with these seminars so that the cooperative members can learn how to prepare the substrate.

We continue to support this project with sales of Shamba coffee in our cafes and we are grateful for the outside support from friends, colleagues and family! Thank you!
Bosco and his assistant harvesting
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Update 7
Posted by Cheryl Kingan
8 months ago
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Last week I had a chance to visit Vumbi Commune in Kirundo, Burundi for a meeting with the Terimbere cooperative. We traveled 2.5 hours upcountry from Bujumbura with Angele's husband Cyprien and with Jean Bosco, the mushroom expert.

We had the opportunity to address about 200 members of the cooperative and Bosco took the lead, explaining much of the work that will go into the mushroom cultivation process. The members agreed that training will be split equally among men and women, and that Bosco will train groups of ten from the 13 small groups that make up the cooperative (130 people!). The trainees will be selected by the number of coffee trees they own, with preference given to those who own 100 or more.

Many of the logistics are still being coordinated, as the project is in its infancy. The location of the mushroom houses is still to be determined, and the seed lab will be something that comes along a bit later.

As Bosco went through the steps of the process, hands were flying into the air with questions and excitement for the project filled the room. The members understand how beneficial this program will be, and are eager to get started.

Thank you all for your continued support of this special project!
Co-op members gathered for our meeting
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$2,425 of $8,000 goal

Raised by 61 people in 10 months
Created April 28, 2016
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Anonymous
8 months ago
BB
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Brianna Barker
8 months ago
$273
Jodi Cotton
8 months ago

MAJOR thanks to Jodi Cotton for her support of this incredible project!

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Dana Foster
8 months ago
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Lotte Ellegaard
8 months ago

Great project - good luck to you and SHAMBA!

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9 months ago

Nice work!

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