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  1. Many of you sent me out to Tanzania with comments and questions - the villagers loved that they could hear direct from those who enjoy their coffee and we had some fun in translation of the questions!

    Here are a few of their responses (I've paraphrased): 
    • What are your biggest joys and frustrations as a coffee farmer? - "Biggest joy is when we get paid! And biggest frustration is climate being so changeable and unreliable." 
    • What options do farmers have when they don't like the alternatives that buyers offer them? - "Once the coffee is grown, no option. We have to sell to whoever comes along. But relationship with Ian has changed that. Other things we grow to help sustain us include maize and bananas."
    • What help do they think we can offer?Do you drink coffee? - "Buying coffee at a good price and coming back every year."
    • Do you drink coffee?"Yes!"  (I knew the answer to this before I asked and it is 'no', they don't really like it, and it s a valuable crop, but they wanted to be polite so answered 'yes'. When I questioned them they just all laughed.)
    More photos and little stories online soon
  2. We ran a campaign at the end of last year to match any funds raised by Amigos for their work in Uganda. We set a challenge of £2,000 and we did it! 
    Here's their letter to us: 

    Dear Ethical Addictions, 

    Fantastic! Thanks so much, we really appreciate your kindness.

    As I’m sure you’re aware, in January 40 new trainees will embark on a life-changing year at Kira Farm Development Centre. As well as acquiring vocational skills such as carpentry and tailoring, these precious young people will learn conservation farming techniques which radically increase crop yields. To complement these skills, the students will also be trained in the importance of hygiene, gender equality and conflict resolution. It really is a wide-reaching holistic course from which we're seeing amazing results!

    Early 2016 will also see the start of our new conservation farming groups, enabling communities to grow enough food to feed their families and have a surplus to sell. This means they will be able to pay for essentials such as medicine and children's school fees.

    Your incredibly generous donation has helped to make that happen, changing the lives of both individuals and communities, and for that we cannot thank you enough.

    We love and appreciate your support in standing with us in this vital work.

    We could not do this without you!

    kira students