On Wednesday 7 September local business Artisan Coffee ran an inventive charity fundraiser, donating the cost of everything that was purchased that day to charity.
The aim was to raise £10,000 for the small community in Uganda that inspired the company’s success. Across the East Sheen, Putney, Stamford Brook and Ealing outlets a grand total of £11,062 was raised with £2,007 generously donated by customers of the East Sheen shop.
Congratulations, Artisan, and thank you for your generosity, SW14!
Owners Edwin and Magda Harrison helped build a community college whilst volunteering in Uganda and this inspired them to write a business plan that today results in four coffee shops and a training school.
The event was devised as a way to give thanks by raising funds to extend the college building and accommodate more students.
“Seeing the coffee growing process first-hand and the challenges faced by the poorest communities in Uganda, we were inspired to dream and think big!” said Edwin. “We developed and planned our vision for Artisan and we are truly humbled by its success.”
Artisan’s suppliers backed their fundraising efforts, donating free supplies, and Artisan’s own staff donated their time by working for free.
There was a fun and busy atmosphere in the East Sheen branch throughout the day and many customers dropped additional donations into the collection pots.
The proceeds will go directly to a small local community charity – LIDEFO (Liberty Development Foundation) – whose aim is to economically empower people and offer quality services that enhance income-generating activities and sustainable rural livelihoods.
Edwin and Magda undertook a year’s voluntary work with the charity to develop a sustainable business model to train local beekeepers as well as help raise money and build Liberty College. From one class outside, a tree and 30 students to four teaching rooms on their own property and over 300 students, the college offers occupational opportunities for the youth and women aged between 18-30, providing them with certificates and diplomas in various fields such as journalism, accountancy, catering and hotel management and tourism to name a few.
For more information on LIDEFO Charity visitwww.lidefo.net