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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.

Women enrolled in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ training programs with Sustainable Growers enjoy their very own specialty coffee aboard a RwandAir flight. Since 2018, Question Coffee is served across all RwandAir flights throughout Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.
Women enrolled in Bloomberg Philanthropies’ training programs with Sustainable Growers enjoy their very own specialty coffee aboard a RwandAir flight. Since 2018, Question Coffee is served across all RwandAir flights throughout Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

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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 will be 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.

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Crop to Cup: Bloomberg Philanthropies’ Support of Women Coffee Farmers in Rwanda

Top photo: Before Bloomberg Philanthropies’ investment in training, women would pick cherries off the coffee tree that were not high quality. Less than 2% of their crop could be sold. Once they learned the “Color of Excellence,” worn on a vest or as a bracelet, the quality of their coffee increased by 40%, resulting in a higher yield price on the international market.

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