Welcome to Episode 31 of Good Will Hunters, with Darcy Small and Bri Kerr from Kua. Kua is a closed-loop coffee supplier, importing coffee from Uganda to sell to offices in Australia.
After signing up for an overseas field school whilst studying renewable energy engineering, Darcy found himself in Uganda with his best mate, wondering how they could give back to the community they were visiting. Later, the boys found themselves smuggling a few bags of coffee back in their luggage, and meeting with a team at the University of New South Wales to discuss how they could market the coffee to the corporate sector, and in doing so, support the livelihoods of villagers in a region of Uganda.
Now days, the coffee business is growing every day, and Kua partners with Love Mercy to help fund the Cents for Seeds Program, providing local women in Uganda with seed loans. In this episode, we discuss the impact Kua has had in Uganda, why climate change is one of the greatest threats to coffee crops and therefore livelihoods, why Darcy would love to see a marriage of solar energy and coffee, and how ‘Corporate Australia’ is the driving force behind many of the social movements we see today.
Darcy and Bri are inspiring, full of energy, intelligent and along with their team, are equipped to continue to make an impact in Uganda and possibly beyond, once they navigate the age old dilemma of depth versus scale.
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