Partnership with Sustainable Growers
Since its inception, Bloomberg Philanthropies’ partnership with Sustainable Growers has supported the national economic development goals of Congo and Rwanda, and now Tanzania. Sustainable Growers works with women farmers to cultivate sustainable agriculture techniques to improve the quality and increase the production of coffee. Over 50,000 women have enrolled in programs across Congo and Rwanda, and since 2021, Sustainable Growers has enrolled women from three rural cooperatives in Tanzania.
Expo 2020 Dubai: Sustainable Growers is spotlighted at Expo 2020’s Global Best Practice Programme Promoting Women Coffee Farmers
The New Times Rwanda: Question Coffee Center wins 2020 Tripadvisor Travelers’ Choice Award for Top 10% of Restaurants Worldwide
NYT: Five Places to Go in Kigali: Question Coffee Café
The New Times Rwanda: Women coffee farmers graduate from innovative training program
RwandAir and Question Coffee are partnering to create economic opportunities for women in Rwanda
Barista Magazine: “Smayah Uwajeneza: Reflecting on the Light of Rwandan Coffee”
With increased quality, coffee produced by these women is served at hotels across Rwanda, including Serena Hotels, Park Inn by Radisson Kigali, and the Kigali Marriott. It is also available on RwandAir, is served in Bloomberg L.P. offices around the world, and is sold online. The Question Coffee Café & Roastery in Kigali, operated by women, received the 2020 Travelers’ Choice Award from TripAdvisor, placing it in the top 10 percent of listings.
Bloomberg Philanthropies and Sustainable Growers was featured at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Kigali, Rwanda and Expo 2020 World’s Fair in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. The program has been recognized as a model that can be adapted or replicated for global impact for the economic development of women and their families, advancing four United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Sustainable Growers was selected by Expo 2020 Dubai as one of 50 Global Best Practice Programs for their work in advancing UN Sustainable Development Goals.
As part of their accomplishment, Sustainable Growers was exhibited at Expo 2020 Dubai’s Mission Possible – Opportunity Pavilion’s “Best Practice Area” from January to February 2022, which highlighted initiatives that “can be adapted, replicated, or scaled for enhanced global impact and are linked to the UN Sustainable Development Goals.”
Expo 2020 Dubai: Global Best Practice Programme Guide, featuring Sustainable Growers
Showcased at Expo 2020 Dubai, research indicates that yields on farms worldwide can increase by up to +30% if women are given the same productive resources as men. Sustainable Growers program uses a proven formula based on women-led efforts to elevate women throughout the value chain.
Alongside program partners, Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Women’s Economic Development program presented its program investment model on a panel titled “Investments and Outcomes in Women.” The presentation highlights the importance of investing in women globally, the partnerships needed for success, and the future of the Women’s Economic Development portfolio.