On the eve of the Speciality Coffee Association Event in Atlanta, Grounds for Health announced the expansion of its East Africa program to Kenya. The move into Kenya reflects the organization’s continued commitment to reach women living in high-risk regions and working in agricultural supply chains. Coffee industry partners providing start-up funds for Kenya include Atlas Coffee, Bennett’s Coffee, Coda Coffee, Peet’s Coffee and Tony’s Coffee.
“Kenya presents a tremendous opportunity to scale our impact by reaching more women working in the coffeelands and in other industries such as tea and cut-flowers,” notes Guy Stallworthy, CEO at Grounds for Health. “We are thankful to our seed funders who are making our expansion possible.”
Initially, the Grounds for Health program will focus on Nyeri County, where approximately 53% of the labor force works on coffee farms and tea plantations or in other agricultural industries. The region produces the largest volume of high quality Kenyan coffee.
“Grounds for Health’s work has a foundational influence on the future of coffee growing communities,” says Craig Holt, Founder of Atlas Coffee, who spearheaded a fundraising effort for Grounds for Health’s Kenya program. “Kenya is a vital origin for Atlas, and we appreciate the opportunity to do more to support the farmers and their families, and recruit others to do the same.”
Founded by a coffee industry executive and physician, Grounds for Health has delivered cervical cancer preventive services to women living in coffee producing countries since 1996.
To date, Grounds for Health programs have resulted in more than 60,000 women screened, more than 4,000 women treated and clinical training for more than 400 healthcare providers. By 2020 the organization hopes to reach at least 50,000 women annually and treat thousands per year for cervical cancer.
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