07 Jul '18, 3pm

10 Minutes With Vava Angwenyi—Part Two https://t.co/6tooyqwMGN

10 Minutes With Vava Angwenyi—Part Two https://t.co/6tooyqwMGN

The culture that you grow up with in Africa is that certain things are for white people, and certain things are for us, and that’s not the truth. The process of decolonizing empowerment in this regard involves empowering youth to take on careers in the coffee sector, in any capacity, and to work within their community to create positive change from within, instead of waiting for foreigners to come in and save us. That allows us to speak up and say, “Hey, this is the way that we do things and this is what empowerment looks like for us.” Oftentimes organizations come in and dictate the way things have to be, without understanding that there’s a delicate balance between culture and business, so it’s important to always work with people at origin, be they farmers or not, who are experts in the culture.

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