Semanda Atanas is the father of two young girls. He and his wife live in the remote village of Kyantale, their small house perched on top of rolling hills of matooke, cassava, beans, maize and coffee plantations. Nestled in the valley, you’ll find an immaculate coffee shamba, where Atanas planted 90 seedlings he received from IYH-A in 2012. Today, after much care, hard work and 600 additional plants Atanas has purchased, the two-meter tall branches hang heavy with bright red coffee beans, 1,500 kg worth!

Every month, Atanas mounts his bike with his harvest and heads to the local market, using the proceeds to pay for his daughters’ schooling. Next season, he plans to add 310 more for a total of 1,000 trees. The sky’s the limit!

by Into Your Hands-Africa Staff