A 2016 study by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) found that while countries like Kenya introduced free education in public schools, there were still a number of barriers to overcome absenteeism - the top among them being lack of access to school supplies: Uniforms, shoes, books, and writing material. The study further found that girls from lower-income families were disproportionately affected from lower attendance levels.
In addition to working towards making the coffee supply chain more transparent and traceable, Boda Coffee has committed to reinvesting up to 10% of sales back to communities in the regions that we operate in to help improve access to healthcare and provide continuous education for rural and low-income communities. September marked an important milestone for us as we partnered with Colors of Connection to provide school supplies for thirteen girls in Goma, D.R. Congo from our coffee sales, which will help them remain in school for another academic year.
We're continuing to work on ways to help improve the lives of our farmer-partners and communities from which we source our coffee in our mission to rewrite fair trade -
one cup of coffee at a time!