06 Jul '18, 3pm

10 Minutes With Vava Angwenyi—Part One https://t.co/kniXnsnhnR

10 Minutes With Vava Angwenyi—Part One https://t.co/kniXnsnhnR

What have been some of the struggles you’ve faced owning your own business and trying to do something different? VA: It’s definitely not been easy. There are times where we’ve lost money. Investors have pulled out. Fundraising is hard, and we’re still fundraising to date. But what keeps us going is that farmers trust us and know that we’re doing something different. Something coffee farmers ask is why I’m not white. They’re so used to seeing white people come to producing countries. This thought that has really affected the minds of coffee farmers—and this is why I talk about decolonizing empowerment—is the idea of the white savior. The rationale behind my company was to let Kenyan farmers save themselves. Even for me, as an entrepreneur, I’ve had to learn every day when I’m in a tough spot that I am the only person who can save myself from any situation. You can seek cons...

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