|Nov. 9 - Inauguration celebration included drummers and dancing!|
I was so honored to be invited to the inaugural ceremony, but unfortunately, I was not able to be there in person. So I was delighted to receive photos and even a video from the auspicious occasion. (Thanks to Frederic HAKIZIMANA, KOPAKAMA's CEO who is adept with Whatsapp!) I'm sure if I had been at the day-long event, listening to the speeches and enjoying the dances, the food and the tour, some of the points I would have reflected on would be:
- How beautifully different organizations have worked together to make this large project possible. My understanding is that KOPAKAMA, TWIN and a group called SIDI brought the financing for the project together. Seven different coffee washing stations have agreed to use the facility, agreeing on the fees they'll pay, schedules, labor arrangements, etc. All of this takes levels of trust, cooperation and goodwill which cannot be taken for granted.
- How this large building, near a school and not far from the road will be another visible sign to all in the community of how important coffee is to the community. It will visibly reflect how coffee brings development opportunities -- machines, big buildings, jobs.
- How this new business is going to offer multiple opportunities for building the capacity of the residents of this rural village. The machines will need technicians and operators, the offices of the dry mill will need accountants and human resources managers. The dry mill will require operations managers who understand production scheduling and modern communication. The new facility has a cupping lab staffed by trained cuppers, who in turn, will offer training for others to learn this critical quality evaluation skill.
|May 1 - building renovation in-process|
|May 1 - main entrance, lower floor|
|May 1 - First floor|
|May 1 - second floor|
|June - machinery being installed|
|June 16th - Braz-Afric Supervisor from Nairobi supervised machinery installation.|
|June 16th - Jean Bosco- the de-pulper operator at the washing station - looks happy to be working on bigger machines!|
|Guests of honor - Nov. 9th|
|Nov. 9th - Frederic HAKIZIMANA, KOPAKAMA CEO|
|Nov. 9th, Mattia Guglielmi of TWIN|
|Nov. 9th, food and drink enjoyed inside the new dry mill|