Our cola is grown by farmers like Idrisa Bonah & Mustapha Sesay (pictured). In addition to paying farmers a fair price, Karma Cola works directly with cola nut farmers in the Boma village in Sierra Leone, to help rebuild their crops and their communities in the aftermath of war.
When we first started trading with Boma it soon became apparent that the communities needed more than an income stream from cola nut. After a ten-year civil war everything was broken, what was needed was infrastructure, rehabilitation of roads and plantations, bridges, schools, and safe drinking water.
What the farmers told us they needed was a good, reliable and consistent price for their produce and some support to start their own development programmes. Then perhaps they could fix a few things and start to build a sustainable future. So that’s what we are endeavouring to do.
We officially set up the Karma Cola Foundation to make sure everything was legitimate. So on top of the price of cola, additional proceeds are fed into the Foundation for development initiatives. We call it Thirst AID.
Funds from sales of Karma Cola have already built a bridge connecting two parts of the village that couldn't be crossed easily, send 60 girls to school, sponsored an HIV/AIDS dance troupe, built a rice huller to provide food for future months, supported 75 farmers through a seed bank, funded 4 teacher’s who teach 207 children, rehabilitated 12 forest farms, and looked after 2000 people during the Ebola crisis. Miraculously nobody was infected.