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Chido’s Blend

Turning coffee pulp into mushrooms, creating livelihoods for young women that otherwise wouldn’t have a chance? That’s what I call good coffee.

Chido Govero, author of The Future of Hope, took her tragic and compelling personal story and turned it into a tool to help other young women in otherwise hopeless situations.

Dear Friends,

In spite of neglect and hardships … look what we succeeded in doing! The project of converting pulp to protein started in 1995 and now we are taking this to new levels of empowerment.

Thanks to the creative ideas of ST Chang from Hong Kong, and the hard labor on the science by Carmenza Jaramillo in Colombia, we are now entering a new phase.

The export of coffee from Zimbabwe, after years of boycotts and problems is now made possible thanks to the initiatives of Chido, our orphan girl who learned how to convert biomass waste into edible mushrooms using local biodiversity. Each farmer in Zimbabwe who is part of the new coffee blend has to commit to organize training for girls at risk, using the waste from the coffee farm.

This means that the export of a cash crop is providing food security, and when the girls have food security, the abuse of young girls and women is gone. Would you please have a look at this website: get coffee, get Chido’s book (for free) and let us celebrate the first container of coffee leaving Zimbabwe generating jobs!

If you like coffee … this is a great way forward.

Thank you.


Check out the Equator Coffees website to learn more:

You can make a difference. With every order* of Chido’s Blend you will receive a complimentary copy of Chido’s book (a $9.99 value). And by purchasing Chido’s Blend you are supporting the farmers that supply the coffee pulp to Chido’s girls.

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