“I believe these bikes will give
the people of Bukonya a new start …”
We have talked a lot about the Sustainable Cycle project, and many of you have caught this vision for buying a bike that will change the lives of farmers and their families. It’s been exciting to see the innovative ways people have purchased bikes: bake sales, art auctions, or simply a donation jar.
I am now excited to share with you about a man in the village of Bukonya who was one of the first people to buy a bike through the microfinance project. Bukonya is the village in northwest Rwanda where we have started a coffee cooperative and focused much of our attention as a company. This village is very rural, so we have taken the opportunity to work (literally) to the hills. The coffee they grow, by the way, is amazing! Buy yourself a bag of Bukonya Ikawa … you won’t be sorry. Here are a few facts about Emmanuel. If you would like an electronic file of his story to share let me know (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Emmanuel Hagumayo, age 62
- Hometown: Bukonya, Rwanda
- Family: his wife, 7 children, 1 adopted orphan and 23 grandchildren
- Occupation: Coffee Farmer
- Emmanuel was one of the first members of the coffee cooperative, & one of the first to microfinance a bicycle
- His belief is that the bikes will give his community a new start, making it “a place where people work hard, food is plentiful, and education is attainable for everyone.