Our pursuit of great coffee takes us to far away places so we can find exceptional beans with authentic character.
It's really that simple. Our supply chain partners play an integral part in our success. We believe they should benefit from their work.
The mission of the International Women’s Coffee Alliance is to empower women in the international coffee community to achieve meaningful and sustainable lives and to encourage and recognize the participation of women in all aspects of the coffee industry. Prior to 2009, the IWCA had established a five-chapter network of women in coffee from Latin American countries. From its inception the IWCA has remained focused on promoting possibilities for women in coffee communities throughout the world. It is a global network that advocates for the reduction of barriers women face by providing access to resources while creating a form in which to connect with other women throughout the coffee supply chain from seed to cup. As Director of IWCA, Phyllis Johnson took on the responsibility of developing and executing a program to advance African women in coffee under ITC/IWCA programs. As a result, the IWCA network expanded from five to fifteen chapters in three years with a strong focus in Africa. Some of the world’s poorest countries and those with large disparities in economic equalities for women, including Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Uganda were added. There are 16 chapters around the world today. (www.womenincoffe.org)
The Center is designed as a prototype facility offering critical life skills development opportunities for rural village citizens from both the student and adult communities. In addition, the Center offers quality entertainment feature films to enhance the enjoyment of village life where 75% of Tanzania’s population reside and earn their living. The purpose of Center is to enhance the human experience, potential for development and skills acquisition opportunities for rural citizens in Tanzania, East Africa. Such objectives can be attained through the visual presentation of educational and training films, documentaries, news programs and feature films in a village based learning facility.
One reason amongst the many reasons BD Imports feels compelled to support this endeavor is the Center offers quality of life satisfaction and enjoyment: rural communities can offer sustaining and gainful labor, a secure environment of family ties and a meaningful interaction with the natural elements of life. “The impact that our own business has had on the lives of my our children has been profound; the freedom to dream of owning their own business one day, the global awareness and appreciation of others, and if nothing more, the drive to follow a dream. The Bara Village Education, Training and Entertainment Center helps build the community and provides access to a place to help cultivate imagination and the information and resources to help build dreams,” said Phyllis Johnson, President of BD Imports.