Uganda has been a tough place for local independents. Over the years multinational washing stations have supplanted older organizations such as cooperatives, associations, and farmer groups. One reason – access to capital. Another, access to international markets.
Still, there are a few Ugandan coffee entrepreneurs who are taking the harder path towards export. They happen to be really stellar people who, I believe, have a real chance at making the more traditional community-up approach work again.
This is why I’m excited to introduce our first import from Dison, who I first met in 2009. Since then, we’ve kept an eye on him as someone who has been elevating coffee from Mt. Elgon region. In 2019, I visited him again and liked what I saw. In 2020, he was able to mobilize his network and get his first export out to us. As I write this, he’s sending pictures showing how his first business loan is being used- the build-out of a mini-washing station.