• Photo of a young boy standing beside his house.

    Teach a Man to Fish…

    April 30, 2015 Comments: 2

    Studies have shown that working to improve agriculture is a very effective way of moving people out of poverty.  A 2014 report by DiFID, the UK’s development agency, notes that poverty reduction from development in agriculture is “on average two to four times greater” than from development in other sectors. Improvements to agriculture are so... View Article


  • Photo of a man holding sack of coffee beans

    The Farmers

    April 29, 2015 Comments: 2

    Most farming in Ethiopia is subsistence smallholder farming – in fact, the majority of farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa are smallholder farmers. According to the African Smallholder Farmers Group, more than 65% of Africa’s population depends on small-scale or micro-scale farming for their livelihoods. There are an estimated 500 million smallholder farms globally. The farmers who... View Article


  • Photo of woman with her child

    The Community

    April 28, 2015 Comments: 3

    Most of the people who live in the villages along the Kola River are coffee farmers and their families making the success of the coffee crop and the smooth running of the wet mill important to the whole community. The wet mills are important local businesses so, for example, the Dobena Whicho wet mill, a... View Article


  • Two young boys fishing on Lake Awassa at sunset.

    The Official Reaction

    April 27, 2015 Comments: 2

    When villagers complained to local officials in Aletawando about the pollution in the Kola River, the officials would often try to tackle the problem by temporarily closing down the wet mills where the pollution was coming from. This would ease the problem slightly because the wet mill wasn’t processing coffee cherries and the wastewater wasn’t flowing into the... View Article


  • Photo of three kids carrying jerrycans of clean water

    The Children

    April 26, 2015 Comments: 2

    Water has a special relevance for the children in the villages along the Kola River. Many of them go with their mothers to fetch water from the river and carry it in yellow jerrycans back to their homes. But more than that, many of them spend time hanging out with their friends and swimming in... View Article


  • Map of Sidama region, where the coffee beans are harvested from.

    So Where Exactly are We?

    April 25, 2015 Comments: 4

    The Water Wise Coffee wet mills are in Ethiopia’s Sidama coffee region – that is a zone in the south of the country in an area known as the Southern Nations, Nationalities, and Peoples’ Region (SNNPR). The Sidama coffee region’s population comes in at under four million people, according to government figures. The total population... View Article


  • Photo of woman picking coffee cherries.


    April 24, 2015 Comments: 4

    An ambitious goal like cleaning up the whole Kola River requires cooperation. That’s exactly why Water Wise Coffee has partnered with TechnoServe, a US-based nonprofit organization with valuable technical expertise and years of experience supporting coffee farmers in East Africa. Since 1968, TechnoServe has worked with enterprising people in more than 40 developing countries to... View Article


  • Photo of two people working in the wet mill.

    Changing People’s Lives

    March 25, 2015 Comments: 83

    We need water to survive. It is inarguably one of the most important resources we have, so it’s good that 70% of the Earth’s surface is covered in it. But not all water is the same. Just a few years ago, villagers along the Kola River in Ethiopia’s Sidama coffee region were faced with river water... View Article