During my stay, I spent time in refugee camps and local communities and witnessed the day-to-day struggle some Ugandans go through just to attain the most basic essentials like food and water…
We volunteered in Uganda to attain a better understanding of how life in third-world countries can differ from mine in Australia. During my stay, we spent time in refugee camps and local communities and witnessed the day-to-day struggle some Ugandans go through just to attain the most basic essentials like food and water. It became visibly apparent that many Ugandans were unemployed, not by choice but rather due to a lack of opportunity.
We wanted to help in some way shape or form however, it was unclear how I could play a part in the long-term development of Uganda’s economy. That was until we first saw vanilla at a local market. Captivated by the aroma, unlike anything we had ever seen at the local grocery store.
The next day we organized a trip to go visit a vanilla farm, it was truly amazing to see how much care and attention the farmers displayed. Unfortunately during the pandemic, they were not able to export their products and therefore had lost their primary source of income.
We wanted to get involved so we brought back 5kg of samples to test the quality and gain feedback. After overwhelmingly positive reviews and fantastic test results, we knew Uganda had a product that the rest of the world needed. Through supporting our business you will be directly stimulating the Ugandan economy and helping locals provide for their family.
Uganda is the only country in the world to have two annual harvests of vanilla. Situated in the heart of Africa Uganda is perfectly positioned to grow vanilla as it is 10-20 degrees from the equator resulting in ideal growing conditions with high humidity and two annual dry seasons. Ugandan vanilla has word-leading vanillin content with notes of milk chocolate, fig, and raisins.