Most of you would probably be surprised to know that Rwanda produces some of the world’s finest coffee. You can get some right here at Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee.
Rwanda was deeply and profoundly affected by the genocides of 1994, in which over a million ethnic Tutsis and moderate Hutus lost their lives to extremist Hutu militias in just 100 days.
Now Rwanda is one of the world’s leading producers of coffee. There’s a small problem, though: Rwandan coffee growers usually receive only 40 cents per pound of coffee harvested when they need at least 60 cents per pound to cover the expenses of growing the coffee.
Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee is helping to make up the difference, offering coffee growers up to $1.86 per pound of coffee. This provides coffee growers with a living wage where they can provide for their families and send their children to school.
Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee is also helping to promote racial reconciliation among the people of Rwanda, by providing a place where Twas, Hutus, and Tutsis who were once deeply distrustful of each other now work together toward the goal of rebuilding their lives and their country.
Drink coffee. Do good. Support Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee in their efforts to provide a decent living for Rwandan coffee growers and promote reconciliation among the people of Rwanda, and enjoy some of the world’s finest coffee at the same time.
UPDATE: In light of this, I feel REALLY GOOD about promoting Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee here. Apparently it’s because I’m white that I don’t mind paying extra to know that I’m making a difference.