NAMAGANDA Ruth (31) , UGANDA

QUEEN OF COFFEE PRODUCERS

Ruth was born in W. Uganda, the only girl among 14 children of a farm family depending on cattle and banana production for its livelihood. After a very brief stint as a storekeeper, Ruth rented land, reclaiming idle fields and transforming them into productive ones.

Very soon, she started a number of village savings and loan associations for women, and soon after she joined the Kabinge Coffee Farmers’ Cooperative Society (KCFCS) in Bukomansimbi. Later, she was to set up the Babinge Youth Council (2017). Under Ruth’s supervision, the youth council set up management services and coffee trading services it now offers to the cooperative. The management services include, amongst others, taking care of the farms of elderly members (as almost everywhere in the world, their proportion in society is increasing) and of widows and landowners. Ruth also carries out female leadership trainings - an absolutely indispensable contribution to African development, especially in areas where husbands usually very vigorously oppose any involvement of their wives outside of the household routine such as e.g. the above-mentioned cooperative activities.

Their work contributes to achieving UN Sustainable Development Goals-Agenda 2030 Targets #5, #8, #10& #12