Women and Coffee
The Gumutindo Coffee Cooperative Societies have begun to separate the deliveries of their women members from the rest of the coffee so that their coffee can be marketed separately. The mother is the backbone of the family on every farm, but traditionally it is the man who owns the coffee. Women marketing their own coffee means more income for the family and greater equality between husband and wife.
Bugisu Co-op is in the Mount Elgon region along the Kenya border. The small farmer owners grow Heirloom Arabica varieties at altitudes between 5000 and 7000 feet in ideal conditions. Coffee is left to grow naturally and flowers on average twice a year. The farms extend up and down the cliff faces along natural watercourses, using forest cover to extract moisture from the soil.