Muzira Twimukye Group
Ugandan families that have been partial to the idea of coffee farming have had their chequered share of fortunes. Many Ugandans though, grumble about the fact that the for-ex that the country earns from coffee has not been trickling down to the lowest common denominators in terms of service provision.
Nonetheless, many Ugandan families have been able to extricate themselves out of their narrow circumstances, principally by selling most of their coffee harvests to the many coffee marketing unions in the country.
One of these Ugandans is 33 year old Lauben, who plys his trade in Bushenyi in the West of Uganda. Lauben says the fact that he is now able to sell his coffee to the more lucrative coffee unions in Rwanda has given his business a Substantial boost.
The lusty, buoyant and hard working father has 5 years experience in this trade. Weekly he says his sales returns total up to Ugandan shillings 60,000. He says he intends to utilize his loan to purchase more coffee seedlings to plant.
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