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The struggle to transform lives through coffee

In 2005, Andrew Rugasira had a vision of empowering farmers in his native Uganda by enabling them to produce and sell coffee direct to British supermarkets. Despite financial difficulties, he says he is still hopeful.

By Tim Adams  /  The Observer

What he hopes his book shows, he says, is “the dignity of proving we could do it for ourselves.”

He had just sent a few copies of the book to his model farmers and received an excited telephone call.

“I just want to thank you, thank you for putting my name, Charles Kahitson, all over the world,” the voice said.

“But I didn’t do it,” Rugasira says to me. “Charles grasped the opportunity to do that for himself.”

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