Great Lakes Coffee

Ugandan arabica coffee aggregator, processor and distributor. 

Investment information

$3,000,000
Committed investment
$3,000,000
Investment made
Storage, distribution and trading
Primary value chain focus
Committed investment
Investment made
Primary value chain focus

Expected impact

21,000
Smallholder farmers linked to market
$2,500,000

Increase in smallholder farmers' annual income

22%

Female smallholders linked to market

Smallholder farmers linked to market

Increase in smallholder farmers' annual income

Female smallholders linked to market

Our role

Great Lakes Coffee is a Ugandan company, established in 1999, which sources, mills and exports high-quality Arabica coffee to green coffee traders such as Falcon Coffees (UK), which in turn is sold in retail outlets such as Wholefoods and Starbucks. The company also roasts coffee for wholesale customers in Uganda and runs a barista training programme for unemployed youth. AgDevCo's multi-million dollar trade finance facility will allow the company to purchase coffee from more than 21,000 smallholder farmers and cooperatives across Uganda.

Our investments in Uganda

Investment Total invested Investment type Start date
Esco Uganda Ltd - Technical assistance 2018
Great Lakes Coffee $3,000,000 Debt / Equity 2018
Gulu Agricultural Development Company (GADC) $5,000,000 Debt / Equity & Technical assistance 2016
Nakifuma Farming Company $2,600,000 Debt / Equity 2019
Uzima Chicken (Uganda) - Technical assistance 2019