This weeks team meeting was organised to take place at the one of the businesses Challenges Worldwide works with, Coffee Quality Assurance (CQA). Their inviting Coffee House – named MyCheckMate is located within the Kyambago University campus in Kampala and was an inspiring location for our weekly meeting. A chance for everyone to try a cup of their delicious premium My CheckMate Coffee in the shape of an espresso, latte, cappuccino or Americano. I asked for a drop of hot milk in my espresso, which created an exemplary Spanish ‘Cortado’. Apart from Coffee, they sell sodas, juice and local food to up to 25 people at any time. The CEO and owner, Tonny, made arrangements to host and feed our team of 35 volunteers. They had come up with 4 different menu options beforehand in order to make the right preparations. Options included chips, omelette, beef, salad, peas/beans, rice, matooke, pocho, and some – to my taste – delicious chicken.
Tonny is a bright gentleman, who believes in consultancy and training for small-scale coffee farmers. He believes in encouraging coffee producers to take on sustainable farming practices that promote positive social, environmental and economic development. Even though coffee bushes can be found all over Uganda, coffee consumption is not very popular. Tonny seems really excited to promote the benefits of drinking coffee as an alternative to tea, and to demonstrate its delicious taste.
Apart from CQA, the Challenges Worldwide volunteers are currently supporting 13 other businesses. Today the volunteers prepared 5-10 minute presentations to present to each other – inbetween rainstorms – the businesses they are suporting. The volunteers used this occasion to share with the group what was exciting and what was challenging for them and their business, and one pair even brought their products and prepared a survey to support their pieces of analysis. It was thrilling to discover how they are all getting on with their projects. Eager to find out which other businesses we are currently working with? Click here!