our mission

We aim to empower women in rural Uganda by using coffee as a tool for community transformation. We do this by purchasing coffee from the women at fair trade prices, offering trainings on the coffee value and supply chain, and encouraging women to become innovators in the coffee industry. We also invest partial profits from our roasted coffee into community projects.

Our Story

Kyaffe Farmers Coffee was founded in 2017 by Elizabeth Nalugemwa. Elizabeth grew up with her single mother who was a coffee farmer, along with her other six siblings. As a child, Elizabeth and her siblings wished for the best education, medication and food. Unfortunately, Elizabeth and her family depended on one meal a day and failed to have the best education and medication. As a family they only received one US dollar per kilogram of coffee sold - not nearly enough to support a family.

 

Elizabeth learned at a young age that coffee is Uganda's main grown and exported cash crop. However, coffee being the most exported cash crop did not contribute to her and her families well-being. She couldn't understand why coffee was an expensive product on the market, yet her family was still struggling. After difficulties with her education, she wanted to change the life of farmers and specifically coffee farmers. 

 

She had the vision, but she didn't have the knowledge on how to make her dream a reality. So, she decided to apply for a scholarship at the Social Innovation Academy (SINA), a unique learning environment for marginalized youth in Uganda, which empowers their learners to become social entrepreneurs. Here, Elizabeth made her vision a reality and founded Kyaffe Farmers Coffee or "Our Farmers Coffee." The purpose of the organization is to lift the lives of farmers out of poverty by offering fair prices and using coffee as a tool for community transformation.

Our Founder, Elizabeth Nalugemwa, meeting former President of the United States of America, Barack Obama. Elizabeth was chosen as an Obama Foundation Leader in 2018.

In 2019, our permanent organization was officially constructed in Mpigi District. We are located in Nyondo Village, a small community that is

mostly farmers. 

The grand opening of our 2019 organization. Here, we welcomed community members, friends, and family to join us on our new adventure.

Meet The Team

Allen Nabulime

Director and Production Specialist

Elizabeth Nalugemwa

Founder, Director, and CEO 

Maya Piper

Business Development Advisor

Meet Our Partner: enactus Tubingen e.v.

Meet Enactus Tubingen e.V., our partner from Germany. They are on a mission to help social entrepreneurs thrive and we are incredibly thankful for their support. To learn more about what drives them, click the button below.

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meet a few of our farmers

Kasinde betty kityo

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Basirkia teawo

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AWARDS & RECOGNITIONS

OBAMA FOUNDATION LEADER AFRICA

2018