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  1. Matti Foncha came and visited us today in Gloucester.  A coffee farmer himself, he also has a role representing his region and fellow farmers to develop trading relationships in Europe and North America. He has a small company to export coffee and service the farmers but he's a man on a mission.  He understands that business can be a tool for the greater good, and not just for selfish gain. 

    matti

    We shared coffee, lunch, and more coffee whilst talking about crops for 2017 and the amazing work he's doing to promote sustainability in the region, develop farming and encourage fairness and quality.  He is building models and piloting ideas that will champion sustainability and change to hopefully secure farming and income for the next generation. What inspires me about this guy is he doesn't need to. He could sit back on his farm and just do enough for himself, but he's driven, even called, to more. 

    We love this guy and his passion.

    Next for EA & Cameroon?  Another delivery in 2017 arranged by Matti for us, and then we need to grow demand so as it can become a mainstream option for our customers alongside Tanzania and Brazil. Then a visit, consider projects on the ground, and start to ship our own containter each harvest. 

  2. Do you remember we told you about Kichao village, Mweka, Tanzania?

    With no access to clean water, they had to walk 1-2km, 5 or 6 times every day to collect water for washing, drinking, cooking, cleaning and their animals, and it wasn't even clean water!  Well, with your help, we have caught, treated and piped water straight into the village and changed the lives of nearly 100 families!  

    26 families have even already made their own connection so they have their own tap.

    It wasn't without it's difficulties and couldn't have been done without the help of excellent people at Machare Farm. We've learned a lot from the project, and now with your continued support EA has plans to continue this project into other villages.

    Humbling, and life-changing.

    Thank you for helping to make dreams reality!  

    Here's a quick water project slideshow - video and more photos soon...

         

  3. We received a video last week from the Orera Village expressing thanks (in words and song!!) 

  4. It took me a while from hours of video and hundreds of photos but here is a short video to help better understand the processing of coffee on the farm in Tanzania. (The background music is sung by the Orera villagers where we also buy coffee!) PLAY VIDEO>>