A River's Journey: WaterWise Coffee in Ethiopia

Waterwise : Benefits

The great things that are happening
thanks to this project.

Waterwise : Water

The importance of the Kolla River and
the dangers of poor water quality.

Waterwise : Coffee

The need to improve the way
coffee is produced.

Waterwise : Project

The thinking behind the innovative
WaterWise Initiative.

Starting in Ethiopia, we're improving water
and lives where coffee comes from,
one drop at a time.

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The WaterWise Initiative is well on its way to
improving water quality and the lives of
people living in Sidama.

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The project will result
in improved water quality,
increased access to clean
water, reduced health
risk and more.

The Kolla River
has been selected for
the initial placement
of multiple vetiver
wetlands.

Water is one of the most important issues for people
living in the Sidama region of Ethiopia.

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When the river is
polluted, their lives
and livelihood
are threatened.

The people in Sidama rely on water from the Kolla River.

Coffee production is vital for the people of Ethiopia, both economically and culturally.

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During every coffee
harvest, immense amounts
of water are used in the
wet milling process.

Processing coffee
cherries can have a
negative impact on
water quality.

The WaterWise Initiative was created because
waste water can be handled more effectively.

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Vetiver grass
wetlands are an
innovative and
sustainable
solution.

The traditional method
for treating waste
water is inadequate
and dangerous.

A River's Journey:
WaterWise Coffee in Ethiopia

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Follow the relationship between a boy and the Kolla River in Ethiopia. As time passes, they find themselves part of the region's thriving coffee industry. Now older, the boy realizes the impact it's having on the river and creates an innovative solution that changes the way coffee is produced in order to save his childhood friend.

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OUR BLOG

Check out our blog to follow our progress as our project develops. Read More

HELP US DO MORE

By contributing to the WaterWise Initiative, you’ll help us have an even greater impact. See How

SUPPORT WATERWISE

The WaterWise Initiative is starting in Ethiopia, but our goal is to improve water quality, accessibility and conservation wherever our coffee comes from. When you buy Brown Gold Coffee, you're helping to support our future projects.

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RESOURCES

Poor water quality is a growing issue around the world. Brown Gold and WaterWise are working hard to make a difference, but there things you can do to help too. Below are a collection of links with more information on the world's water crisis.