'; The Wotea family sits in front of their house in Uganda. (Jake Lyell/Lutheran World Relief)

Visit the Wotea’s fruitful family coffee farm

The Wotea family sits in front of their house in Uganda. (Jake Lyell/Lutheran World Relief)

GODFREY WOTEA farms on a small plot of land on Mt. Elgon in Uganda that was left to him by his father. His family has grown coffee for generations, but their farming methods and lack of resources meant they didn’t grow much, and what they did grow wasn’t high enough quality to earn a good income. Godfrey and his wife Irene struggled to support their children and send them to school.

But with your help, things have improved for Godfrey, Irene and their children!

They’ve learned important techniques for growing coffee, like pruning their coffee trees and only picking coffee cherries when they are ripe red. They’ve also learned about post-harvest processing steps — like pulping and drying — that help preserve the quality of their coffee.

Now Irene and Godfrey are able to provide for their family and send their children to school.

Irene Wotea holds a basin of freshly-harvested coffee cherries in Uganda. As members of LWR-supported Gumutindo Coffee Cooperative, her family has been assisted with agricultural training and market access. (Jake Lyell/Lutheran World Relief)
Irene Wotea holds a basin of freshly-harvested coffee cherries in Uganda. As members of LWR-supported Gumutindo Coffee Cooperative, her family has been assisted with agricultural training and market access. (Jake Lyell/Lutheran World Relief)
Godfrey Wotea and his son, Augustine feed the family’s cow at their home in Uganda. (Jake Lyell/Lutheran World Relief)
Godfrey Wotea and his son, Augustine feed the family’s cow at their home in Uganda. (Jake Lyell/Lutheran World Relief)
Godfrey Wotea harvests coffee on his family’s farm with his children Augustine and Mary. (Jake Lyell/Lutheran World Relief)
Godfrey Wotea harvests coffee on his family’s farm with his children Augustine and Mary. (Jake Lyell/Lutheran World Relief)
Godfrey Wotea inspects green coffee beans on his farm on Mt. Elgon in Uganda. As members of LWR-supported Gumutindo Coffee Cooperative, his family has been assisted with agricultural training and market access. (Jake Lyell/Lutheran World Relief)
Godfrey Wotea inspects green coffee beans on his farm on Mt. Elgon in Uganda. As members of LWR-supported Gumutindo Coffee Cooperative, his family has been assisted with agricultural training and market access. (Jake Lyell/Lutheran World Relief)
Irene and Godfrey Wotea with their children at their home in Uganda. (Jake Lyell/Lutheran World Relief)
Irene and Godfrey Wotea with their children at their home in Uganda. (Jake Lyell/Lutheran World Relief)
The Wotea family sits in front of their house in Uganda. (Jake Lyell/Lutheran World Relief)
The Wotea family sits in front of their house in Uganda. (Jake Lyell/Lutheran World Relief)

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