Fairtrade Fortnight at Edinburgh Napier

I have just attended an inspiring speech at Napier University by Jenipher Wetaka from Gumutindo, a women’s cooperative coffee group in Uganda.

Gumutindo means good quality. The group was started in 1998 because women workers were not getting paid for their work on coffee plantations.

They now earn a social premium, farm organically and have been able to invest in land and equipment. That means they produce the final product themselves. They get a better price and the social premium has been used to build classrooms and a local bank.

The process has transformed lives – they now train people not just about farming, but also disease prevention.

So next time you see the Fairtrade logo you know you’re not just getting a good product, but you’re transforming lives.