We are pleased to announce that our first ever masterclass holds on the 14th of November, 2020. The Africa Social Innovators Masterclass affords network members the opportunity to gain deep insights on key subject matters as handled by our pool of experts from different works of life. This maiden masterclass will be delivered by Vava Angwenyi, Founder and Chief Coffaholic of Vava Coffee.
In 2009, Vava Angwenyi started VAVA COFFEE – a Social enterprise that trades, roasts and consults on coffee value chains, whose main aim is to contribute to better future prospects for coffee communities and the industry as a whole. Angwenyi is also the co-founder and director business development & fundraising at GENTE DEL FUTURO (People of the Future). GDF formed in 2017 is an organization born out of a partnership between African Plantations Kilimanjaro and Vava Coffee two private sector players within the coffee sector to tackle two of the main problems we face as an industry – Producer profitability and Next generation involvement. Gente Del Futuro’s focus is to amplify the voices of youth by creating economic empowerment, choices and sustainability for the coffee industry. The organization offers young people a unique and one of a kind learning opportunity by fusing coffee cultures and knowledge from three different growing origins : Tanzania, Kenya and Colombia.
Vava holds a Masters degree-Msc in International Finance and Management from University of Groningen as well as Certificate in Global Asset Management from Warrington College of Business, UF and a BSC in Statistics & Actuarial Science from University of Western Ontario- Canada.
Vava’s vision is to challenge the status quo and promote positive social disruption within the Coffee industry. This vision comes from an inborn passion for transformative change and a drive to promote the sustainable production of coffee at various origins by tracing the production of high quality coffee beans to the independent smallholder coffee farmer, who works day in and day out, against major obstacles and with meagre resources to produce some of the world’s best tasting coffees, often without an understanding or appreciation of the final fruits of their labor.
Vava is also a Q grader and was part of the 2015 IVLP program a prestigious State Department sponsored program . Vava Coffee has also been recognized over the years for its grassroots initiatives and contribution to smallholder farming communities and Youth in agriculture. Vava also serves as an Advisory Committee member for the SCA’s sustainability council and served on the SCA’s Event’s site criteria Ad-hoc committee.