A loan of $1,550 helped a member to purchase young coffee plants to grow.

Bubajjwe Youth Development Group's story

Farming and selling coffee has been 54-year-old Godfrey's source of livelihood for eight years in Kayunga. A father of four, he decided to engage in this business because coffee is Uganda's premier cash crop which sells well, especially if one is selling it to the many coffee cooperative unions all over the country. Coffee was Uganda's number one foreign exchange export earner in the early 80's. Though times have changed for the worse because of the fluctuations in coffee prices on the international markets, many Ugandans are not about to dispense with this business any time soon. Many people in their late 50s speak with nostalgia about the good old days coming back, when they were able to give their children a good education with earnings from their coffee sales.

There has been recent improvement with better coffee prices from the re-emerging coffee unions to coffee farmers who have good-grade coffee. As a result, many coffee farmers, Godfrey included, can now bask in the glow of improved sales profits. Godfrey took over this business from his late father. Weekly, he makes sales profits totaling Ugandan shillings 60,000. He says he is going to use this Kiva loan to purchase young coffee plants to grow. He envisages being able to make more profits when the plants mature and produce better high-grade, robust Arabica coffee to sell.

In this group: Godfrey, Olivia, Hassan, Zaria, Abdul, Siraje, Mary, Lawrence, Ruth, Aisha, Gorret

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