MEET OUR FELLOWS
KULA ERADICATES POVERTY THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT OF ENTREPRENEURS.
Through our fellowship that provides industry training, business investment, and life and leadership skills,
our fellows are empowered to build profitable businesses, raise healthy families, and send their children to school.
Florence is one of our fellows in the Eastern Province. She has two kids, ages 4 and 20. Her oldest daughter, Valentine, works at Akagera Coffee Project and is currently attending classes at the Liddy Women's Center.
Florence is a new coffee farmer, having planted her first 100 seedlings this year. She told us that she is eager to grow and expand her business and to learn the best techniques on how to manage her resources well through our trainings because "trainings provide knowledge and knowledge is power".
She hopes that through the Kula Fellowship, she will earn increased income and gain skills that will allow her to have a better life. She dreams that with her resources, she will be able to purchase livestock to provide manure for her farm and milk for her children and a water tank for catching rainwater at her home because she lives far from the community's water source.
MEET HELEN AND KAMARI
Meet Helen, and her husband Kamari. They have four kids and have been coffee farmers for 38 years in the Northern Province of Rwanda. We first met Helen after a landslide destroyed their home after which we took the opportunity to help them rebuild. Now, they are living in a new home in a safer zone and are looking forward to participating in the Kula Fellowship.
Through the Fellowship, Helen hopes be able to improve the lives of her family members and provide the best education for her children. Her dream is to learn and implement better coffee farming techniques but also to excel in the business development portion of the program. She has a plan to create a poultry keeping project in her community because it's not common, it will allow her to produce her own quality fertilizer for their farm, and she will be able to feed her children and sell the eggs for profit.
Her biggest dream is to be able to expand her businesses so that you can employ her neighbors and teach them all that she has learned.
Innocent has been a part of the Kula family for many years, starting with being a part of the Fight to Live cooperative, a cooperative formed by a group of people in the Eastern Province through their shared fight against HIV/AIDS in an effort to grow coffee to provide for themselves and their families. He is now excitedly growing his very own coffee farm.
Innocent has six kids and is looking forward to becoming a "coffee growing master" after completing the Fellowship curriculum.
His dreams for the Fellowship are to be able to provide education that will allow his children to pursue their dreams and not confine them to only working in agriculture. He also wants to develop a business outside of coffee season by purchasing a grinding mill with the income he earns in order to make flour and sell it in the local market.
Innocent is "looking forward with hope that completing the fellowship will lift [his and his families] standard of living".
Agnes is a new coffee farmer in the Eastern Province. She is a single mother raising five kids that has been growing food crops, but due to the fact that those crops produce a low income is venturing into growing coffee.
She told us that chose coffee farming because she learned that coffee is a cash crop that can increase her income and act as an investment for the future. She is looking forward to learning more about coffee and wise management of household finances, as she's never received financial training before.
She dreams that through the Fellowship, she will be able to earn enough income to buy domestic animals like cows and goats to provide fertilizer for her farm and milk for her family. Most of all, she dreams of making sure her children receive the best schooling possible because "education is the best legacy you can leave your kids".
MEET JEAN BOSCO AND DENISE
This is Jean Bosco and his wife Denise. They've been married for 24 years, but you'd think they're newlyweds. They have four children and live in the Eastern Province of Rwanda.
Jean Bosco became a coffee farmer when his father left him 100 trees. Since then, he has more than doubled that number. He is now excited to become more serious about coffee farming because now he knows that if you take care of your business, coffee "can cover all your basic needs."
He is looking forward to learning more about what it takes to be an excellent coffee farmer and to manage his income with wisdom and foresight. For him, the most important thing he will do with his newly acquired income will be to ensure that all of his kids first finish secondary school and eventually college. His biggest dream is to see all four of his kids graduate from university.