Living Hope International began growing coffee in 2012, but its motivation is distinct from most coffee producers. The success of Living Hope is not measured in the quality of its coffee, but in the quality of its children. Living Hope is fundamentally a ministry to Zambian children who have lost their parents and are living in poverty. Coffee is a means by which the ministry is funded.
Currently caring for 39 children (36 on our campus just outside of Ndola, Zambia and 3 in college), Living Hope is building a campus to care for 112 children. The campus will include a church, school, vocational training center and medical clinic. All of which will serve our neighbors as well as the Living Hope family. A Performing Arts Center is already constructed and its program is developing as is our Sports/Recreation ministry.
We have to thank Mubuyu Farm (Munali Coffee) for providing the seedlings that started our coffee farm and we have been reliant on the expertise of many others as we have learned how to grow and process Specialty Coffee. Our results at the most recent Zambia Taste of Harvest were exciting and we look forward to continued improvement in our coffee quality.
Our coffee is a combination of CAT129 and SL28, produced using a washed process including fermentation. This year will include the building of a better processing system as well as the growth of our compost development and usage. We expect to begin planting additional coffee varieties, incorporate fruit trees into our farm and expand our drying methods this year.