Children of coffee farmers to receive Nestle scholarship
03 November 2015, 14:36
Nyeri - Nestle has launched a KES 3.3 million education scholarship programme to improve education level for children of coffee farmers in Central and Eastern Kenya regions.
The scholarship dubbed 'Coffee Aroma' was actualised in partnership with Coffee Management Services Ltd (CMS).
CMS managing director, Kamau Kuria said the beneficiaries will be covered from High school to university.
“We hope to enable them have an improved lifestyle, provide brighter prospects and opportunities for employment and family dynamics for the future,” said Kuria.
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Speaking during a farmers open day at Central Kenya Coffee Millers in Nyeri, Kuria said priority will be given to orphans and vulnerable students from families that deliver coffee to cooperatives that work with CMS.
“Children whose parents are living with HIV/AIDS or other chronic debilitating illnesses and are unable to educate their children and others who live under extreme poverty will also be eligible for the scholarships,” explained Linda Butler who is the Coffee Sustainability Manager at Nestlé.
Butler said since 2011, Nestle and CMS have created improved farming practices which have resulted in better yield and quality through the provision of technical advice to farmers in various parts of the country.
“This has resulted to improved income and better access to farm inputs that are relevant to the soil conditions. We are planning to have worked with 42 000 farmers by 2017 in assisting them become more self-sufficient and more successful in their holistic farming practices,” said Butler.
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