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Gorilla Conservation Coffee

Gorilla Conservation Coffee

GCCoffee is a for-profit social enterprise aiming to improve livelihoods of coffee farmers and protect mountain gorillas in the area. GCCoffee buys coffee at a premium, processes and sells it as a branded roasted coffee, whose purchase includes a donation to Conservation Through Public Health (CTPH).

GCCoffee pays a premium price to enable marginalised small-holder coffee farmers living in remote sub-counties bordering Bwindi Impenetrable National Park to improve their lives, which keeps them from resorting to damaging the forest through activities like poaching and removing resources like wood. This in turn helps protect the gorillas and their habitat.

GCCoffee also provides training and capacity building to farmers to improve sustainable agriculture practices. GCCoffee targets coffee drinkers and tourists via shops, tourist lodges, airports and international distributors to market and sell coffee. 

  • Establish a self-sustaining enterprise by 2019, making enough profit to cover operational costs.
  • Acquire equipment and capital by 2018 (warehouse, coffee processing mills, roasters and sealers) that will reduce production costs and increase coffee yield.
  • Increase number of farmers in the Bwindi Coffee Growers Cooperative from 75 to 300 by 2019, and dedicated staff for sales and marketing.
  • Expand operations to another country in the region by 2020 and grow from a rewards-based to an equity-based financing model.

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