An Inspiring Members’ Day and AGM
As the 22ndAnnual General Meeting and Members Day
draws to a close I reflect on what has been a very busy and thought
Over 200 Members travelled from around the country to attend the
day which was held in the Ballroom of the Oxford Town Hall.
Ian Barney the Managing Director of TWIN and Willington
Wamayeye, MD of Gumutindo Coffee Cooperative gave an introductory
address. Ian explained how TWIN worked exclusively with
smallholders recognising their importance to rural economies and in
the protection of rich and diverse ecosystems. Willington spoke of
the difficulties created by climate change and the devastating
impact of landslides in the small organic coffee farming community
of Mount Elgon in Uganda.
It was a great opportunity for Members to talk to other Members
and hear first-hand the massive impact their investment has made.
Last year, payments of over £39m were made to 63 countries around
Regional Development Executives Rachel Ngondo and John Dossou
travelled from Kenya and Ghana respectively to give Members a
first-hand account of their experience on the ground.
Patricia Alexander gave an overview of the recent work of Shared
Interest Foundation and reported that the percentage of children
attending school had risen to 86% in one area. The video accounts
of women in Rwanda were particularly moving.
Thank you for a very inspiring day and for the wonderful work