The life of a Ugandan female coffee farmer can be tough. “When I was younger we worked from morning to evening to get something so that we could buy a little food for survival and we did this again and again,” says Esther Teddy Cherotich, 30.
Coffee farming is labour intensive and while women tend to play a key part in the planting, harvesting and processing, they often have little access to land ownership, credit and training. Women therefore tend to have limited control over the income generated from coffee sales. In Esther’s community though, things are beginning to change.