She has an unquenchable joy that is even more beautiful and contagious than her smile.
Vestine and her husband, Augustine, are coffee farmers with the Coko (CHO-ko) Cooperative in the Northern Province of Rwanda. She lives with her husband and two children in a house overlooking the Rwandan hills that they were able to build because of the income from their coffee farm. Her son Emmanuel is currently in secondary school and plans to continue his education by studying mechanics. Her daughter Valentine wants to be a doctor. When asked what type of doctor she plans to become, Valentine answered, "a woman's doctor", or gynecologist. After spending more time with this family, we learned that Valentine's dream is wholly inspired by the several devastating miscarriages her mother has suffered.
How beautiful it is to partner with families that work to support their children's dreams to solve problems that have greatly affected them so that others won't have to go through the same ones.
Seeing Josephine on the streets of Kabura reminds us what true friendship is.
No matter how much time has passed since we've seen her last, she not only asks, but expects us to come to her house immediately to spend time with her and her beautiful family. As much love as we feel from her, Josephine has an unmatched love for her family that is tangibly felt and seen upon seconds of being in their home. She and her husband, Jean Claude, work hard to achieve their dream of sending all five of their children to school with the money they earn from their coffee farm.
We are so honored to partner with a family of farmers so rooted in love.
Janet's favorite thing about Rwanda is the dancing: an activity that is most appropriate because she herself exudes all of the fun, excitement, and passion found in the traditional Rwandan dance!
And just as Rwandan villages use dancing to welcome visitors into their communities, Janet welcomes every single person she meets into her home with open arms. She and her husband Emmanuel are coffee farmers in Musumba (Ma-SOOM-ba) who have four children who they believe in and work hard to provide for. Her son Sam wants to be a pilot, while her daughter Miriam hasn't yet decided if she wants to be a teacher or a successful business woman. Janet told us that the income from growing coffee will "give her children the education they need to pursue their dreams".
What a privilege it is to know and be apart of their story.