Please vote and support the wonderful work of Vava Coffee – A Kenyan BBC World Challenge finalist

Posted on November 4th, 2011
Categories: News

Vava Angwenyi is a lady with much to celebrate – she has just become a one of the 12 finalists in the BBC World Challenge and is the only Kenyan in the international competition.    We love this story, in addition, the product is delicious!

TO VOTE: HTTP://WWW.THEWORLDCHALLENGE.CO.UK  Voting ends midnight of 11th November!!!

Our documentary aired  on BBC world news channel :

On Saturday 8 October (01:30, 08:30, 21:30 GMT) and Sunday 9 October (14:30 GMT). This shall be available online from the 7th of November.

“Through our business we hope to make the world a better place. We aspire to create self esteem by providing jobs, choices, opportunities and challenges. Currently we are working not only with coffee farmers but with two particular groups of the underprivileged in our society: Former street kids and various women in the slums of Nairobi who are either: HIV positive, drug abusers or widows. These groups are responsible for our two types of packaging material, the recycled bags and the cloth bags. By engaging them in some form of consistent business from our end they manage to earn a daily income hence having a sustainable livelihood from their work activity. Vava coffee has developed two unique packaging concepts and all products are accompanied with a story tag & our cloth bags a ‘Josephine Doll’ made by Josephine a widow with four children. Our story tags tell the story of each of the people in our supply chain from the farmer to the consumer hence our tag line ‘EVERY BEAN …A STORY’.”

“This is a project and initiative with great potential to change the lives of the small holder farmers we are working with and give them hope in the local coffee industry once again as well  as change the lives of their families. There are very many inspiring stories and experiences I have been through working on this and many very personal that can help inspire other young people especially in Kenya to dare to dream and make a difference in their communities. It is my passion and love for what I do that has kept me going even when I felt like it wasn’t really working out. We need the additional funding to move forward to our next stage of growth. The project is also in a very tough and headed by a young woman who has a dream to help empower other women we work with.