Tuesday, May 31, 2005

Land of a Thousand Hills

I am a priest in the Anglican Church of Rwanda. So, as you might guess, I have an interest in things Rwandan. In light of that, let me recommend a new coffee that comes from the hills of Rwanda. It is "Land of a Thousand Hills Coffee(LTHC)." LTHC is grown in Rwanda and shipped to a small plant in Atlanta that is a minstry of an Anglican Church there. A pound costs $10. It is free trade, so the profits go back to Rwanda. The farms that grow the coffee are made up of both Hutus and Tutsis. A central aim of the farms is foster reconciliation between these groups as they work together in the aftermath of the genocide in 1994. Beyond this, $1 of the price of the Coffee foes to the PAUL RUSESABAGINA HOTEL RWANDA FOUNDATION. Rusesabagina is the man who was spotlighted in the recent film Hotel Rwanda. He saved 1200 lives by offering refuge in the Hotel he managed. His foundation serves orphans of the 1994 massacre. Another dollar of the cost goes to the INYAKURAMA MICRO FINANCE FUND. This fund was developed by Bishop John Rucyahana -- one of the leaders instrumental in the formation of the Anglican Mission in America. If you are new to micro-financing, this is a way of giving small loans to to individuals and families to launch there own businesses. This model has emerged as one of the most effective ways to spur development and provision in global south nations. This fund specifically supports widows of the 1994 massacre.

Here is the website: http://www.landofathousandhillscoffee.com/

Check it out -- you can order it online.

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