I am always on the lookout for products from Africa that help women earn a living and save for their future. Through fair trade practices many women all over Africa are learning what it means to work for a fair wage and have a say over the welfare of their families and finances.
You have probably heard that women grow the vast majority of food in Africa, but they own far less land than men and oftentimes have no say in their own agricultural decisions. According to Feed the Future, 80 percent of all Rwandans are employed in the agricultural sector, making up 33 percent of the country’s GDP.
Grace Hightower De Niro (wife of Robert De Niro) is committed to helping Rwandan coffee farmers through her company, Grace Hightower and Coffees of Rwanda. Her company practices not only fair trade, but also direct sourcing, ethical practices and environmental stewardship in Rwanda. Grace Hightower and Coffees of Rwanda concentrates on bringing specialty coffee to the United States. Currently in shops in New York, you can also purchase her coffee online.
I recently saw this video of Grace Hightower De Niro’s work and humanitarian efforts in Rwanda. It is a great video that shows the spirit of her company and the ways in which she provides a better future for Rwandan farmers and the generations of farmers that will come after them.