Beyond Beans: Growing Coffee & Opportunity in Kenya

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Many Kenyan coffee farmers have a difficult time providing for their families. Unpredictable prices, plus a lack of resources for things like fertilizer, mean that farmers often scrape together a living, skimp on meals or pull their children from school. And many have to work other jobs to make ends meet.

Vermont-based Keurig Green Mountain, Inc., is working with Catholic Relief Services and our Caritas partner to help 1,500 Kenyan coffee farmers diversify their income, which improves their ability to feed their families and pay unexpected expenses, like medical bills. The project provides farm families with dairy goats for sale and for milk, as well as training in agricultural techniques that improve their harvests. It also gives them access to loans and long-term financial planning.

All Photos by Sara A. Fajardo/CRS