Tanzanian farmer drops by on Fairtrade Fortnight visit
FOUR-DAY TOUR INSPIRATIONAL LADY FOUGHT 10-YEAR BATTLE TO KEEP FARM
WITH Fairtrade Fortnight underway, an inspirational coffee farmer from Tanzania has paid a visit to Bray as part of a four-day tour of Dublin and Wicklow.
The Fairtrade mark is a guarantee that growers in developing countries have received a fair price for their produce.
Emilana Aligaesha is a retired schoolteacher who fought a grueling 10-year legal battle to keep her farm after the death of her husband. It was her own unscrupulous neighbours who forced her in to the courtroom to keep her property.
She now grows coffee and passes her skills on to other women in workshops encouraging them to be more involved in the Karagwe District Co-operative, (KDCU).
‘Women were working hard in the coffee fields but were not allowed to share the income from coffee,’ said the woman who is highly respected within her community.
On her first day in Ireland, she paid a visit to the studios of East Coast FM for an interview with Declan Meehan on the morning show about her life in Tanzania and how fair-trade has impacted on her life. Emiliana was flown in by Cafedirect, a Fairtrade hot drinks company, to visit the country during the fortnight. She farms using organic methods, maintains a nursery for coffee seedlings, keeps cows and other animals, and operates her own irrigation system.
Cafédirect, which invests half of its profits into the businesses and communities of its grower partners, has supported the workshops that have helped to increase the number of women involved in the coffee growing societies that make up KDCU.
‘Women have become leaders in their societies on the KDCU board, even in theKDCU staff,’ said Emiliana.
Owen Dawson (East Coast Morning Show), Emilina Alijaesha (Cafédirect coffee grower from Tanzania), Kieran Dunne (MD National Organics) and Paula Straw (National Account Manager Cafédirect).