23 Feb '16, 6am

UK Starbucks Stores Help Farmers 4,000 Miles Away

Aaron Swift returned from an emotional four-day journey in Rwanda with one goal in mind. “I wanted to find a way to help Rwandan farmers and educate my peers at the same time,” said Swift, a four-year partner (employee) and shift supervisor at a Starbucks store in Manchester, England. Swift visited Rwanda in 2014 as part of Starbucks Origin Experience , where select partners travel to coffee-growing regions to gain a greater understanding and appreciation for farmers who grow coffee. Having witnessed a cow-giving ceremony while in the city of Kigali, Swift realized providing a cow was an ideal means of giving back to the farmers. “A cow means that farmers can invest back into their livelihood and in their community,” said Swift. “They can use milk for drinking and selling, the manure to increase the crop yield, and the animal as collateral for a loan to buy farming materia...

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