Rwanda Bean Co: Coffee That Gives Back

Photo of Mike Mwenedata and coffee farmers in Rwanda

SCARBOROUGH –Mike Mwenedata and Nick Mazuroski, co-founders of Portland-based Rwanda Bean Co, will share their journey to generate sustainable profits for coffee farmers throughout Rwanda at a program offered at the Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Rd, on Sunday, December 6, 2015 at 2:00 pm. The event is part of a series being offered at the Library in partnership with the Camden Conference in support of the 2016 Conference theme “The New Africa.”

Mwenedata and Mazuroski’s commitment goes beyond just purchasing beans; they have pledged to give 50% of their profits back to the farming community to provide school fees, health insurance, and to generate clean electricity in rural villages.

The effort is particularly meaningful to Mwenedata; at the age of nine, his father, mother, and five siblings were killed during the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. In 2009, he immigrated to the United States and eventually came to Maine to attend the University of Southern Maine, never losing sight of his desire to combine his business sense with a way to make a difference in the lives of children in his native country.