Developing sustainable trade in Uganda

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Our Uganda Story

Working with over 6,000 families, our sustainable trade programme was developed in 2011 to enable parents to increase their incomes so they could afford to send their children to school.

Our aim at TK Maxx is to help parents ensure their children complete primary education. We do this by helping them increase their income from the production and sale of coffee, cocoa, cotton and crafts. Since the Rwenzori Sustainable Trade project began there has been a 40% increase in children completing primary school education.

Meet Violet

Violet is one of the 1,300 women in Uganda who create our beautiful handmade baskets. Discover Violet’s story and find out how the programme has transformed her life and the lives of her family.

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Together we’ve achieved so much

Since the project began 10,000 children have access to primary education and 1,500 families have joined forces to create their own coffee-co-operatives. We’re proud to be able to sell their products in our stores from award-winning Rwenzori coffee to traditional, artisan handwoven crafts.

Made to do good

  • Cotton

    The Cotton Co-op was the first to be certified as Fairtrade in East Africa. We use Ugandan cotton to make our Comic Relief charity t-shirts.
  • Craft

    Our beautiful handmade baskets are made using traditional techniques. The sale of just two baskets pays for a child's schooling for a term.
  • Coffee

    We work with 760 coffee farmers in the Rwenzori mountains. As a result, farmers now earn 20% more for their coffee crop.