A loan helped to pay smallholder coffee farmers in rural Kenya 50%+ above-market, Fairtrade prices for their specialty coffees.

Vava Coffee's story

The Problem

Smallholder coffee farmers in Kenya earn less than 35% of the international market value on their high-quality specialty coffees, earning on average just $250 annually (less than a dollar a day) for the coffee they produce. This is primarily due to lack of market access and limited information regarding the quality of their coffee.

The Solution

Vava Coffee is a Fairtrade-certified social enterprise founded by Vava (photos 2-5) that brings specialty grade micro lot coffees to consumers and importers who pay fair, premium prices. By directly linking smallholder coffee farmers to markets that are keen on ethically sourced, traceable microlot coffees, Vava Coffee's fair trade model provide a sustainable livelihood for their smallholder farmers.


Since 2009, Vava Coffee has worked with 30,000 smallholder farmers, paid them 57% higher than market prices, and has increased their income by 16x. Their aim is to impact 130,000 farmers by 2018.

Loan Use

With your Kiva support, this loan will allow Vava Coffee to:
1. Bridge the gap in cashflows that exists between paying their suppliers immediately during the harvest season (December - February), and when they receive cash from their customers (coffee importers).
2. Expand distribution into new specialty coffee markets.

This loan is special because:

This loan is special because it increase incomes for smallholder coffee farmer co-ops in rural Kenya

Loan details

Lenders and lending teams

Loan details