Spes: Burundian Coffee Farmer

Spes: Burundian Coffee Farmer

Life’s best moments often seem to be tucked deep inside the ordinary ho-hum minutes of our days. On Tuesday, the boys and I gave our turtle Popcorn a bath. His name alone makes me smile- one day Ben went out looking for some popcorn (which he couldn’t find anywhere in town) and came back with …

Elizabeth: Burundian Coffee Farmer

Elizabeth: Burundian Coffee Farmer

Have you tasted your coffee before? “Yes. It’s disgusting. It tastes like medicine!” What do you hope for your children? “That someday they will have a life outside of poverty.” It’s time for a woman’s voice to echo through this portrait series again. Elizabeth is one of the first farmers I remember meeting. She was …

Charles: Burundian Coffee Farmer

Charles: Burundian Coffee Farmer

Development begins by picking up a hoe. Without working these fields, we will never move forward.   What has made you the happiest in this life? Being taught by my father how to farm. It is what has sustained me. Who is your role model in life? My grandfather. When he left this earth he …

Evariste: Burundian Coffee Farmer

Evariste: Burundian Coffee Farmer

Have you ever tasted coffee? “Today was the first time.” What did you think? “It is very bitter- but I’m glad you see the value in it!” -Evariste During harvest, Evariste walks his coffee cherries 5 kilometers from his home on Musumba hill to our washing station. It’s a long uphill walk to the station. We …

Ninasi: Burundian Coffee Farmer

Ninasi: Burundian Coffee Farmer

“I tell my children to work hard because it is how we will fight the poverty. My children bring me the most happiness- I have seven of them and they are all farmers too.” Ninasi’s role model is the person who taught him how to farm. In Burundi, subsistence farming is how most of the …

Dorothy: Burundian Coffee Farmer

Dorothy: Burundian Coffee Farmer

Growing Coffee is like raising a child. You have to wash them, nurture them, and look after them. We spent part of a Saturday at Dorothy’s house on Gaharo hill. The minute she saw our baby Ari she scooped her up and led our whole family into her home. The dirt floors were cleanly swept …

Burundi Coffee Farmer: Espéciose Manirakiza

Burundi Coffee Farmer: Espéciose Manirakiza

War continues to pulse it’s reaching veins through lives and lands long after the guns stop ringing. For Espéciose, that means being the sole provider for her 6 children in one of the most poverty stricken nations on earth. Her husband was killed in the Burundian civil war that ended in 2006 and she has …