Hands-On in Tanzania

Figures Improving The Lives of Young Coffee Farmers

Abel Gabriel Bisibanas is writing and writing and writing. Most of the time it’s of accounting figures written by his pencil. “It’s good that I am writing a lot”, he laughs. “More figures usually means that the young coffee farmers I am working with are gaining more income.” Abel shows them how to keep track of this positive development for themselves.

Abel understands the importance of keeping track of his finances, he was a business man himself before he joined HRNS. Being close to the farmers is very important to him, “I am doing field work most of the time. I talk to farmers and help them with their specific needs, or we are giving training sessions.” But that is not always easy, “My days are either dusty or muddy”. Abel describes his working conditions, depending on the season it is very hot and dry or very wet. Additionally road conditions on the way to the farmers can be bad. “But I am meeting very open cordial communities”, Abel smiles. “And it makes me happy to see how the youth is developing and how they implement the knowledge they received from the business trainings.”

To him, he has a meaningful job that helps young people. “And they are open minded, enthusiastic and motivated”, he says.

However, even Abel sometimes would like his job to be a bit easier. Most farmers do not have a phone, so even for minor issues he jumps on his motorbike to reach out to far off villages: “That can be exhausting and during rainy season almost impossible.” But dusty and muddy hands can not stop him from being enthusiastic about his works positive impact: “Better business means higher income, means improved farmer livelihoods.”

In our series “Hands-on” we are introducing you to our field staff from all over the world. Every day they are working close to the coffee farmers and support them to develop sustainabile practices.

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