Kate H. von Achen is the founder of Awava – an organization that uses a fair trade model to provide income generation and value addition opportunities for women artisans in post-conflict Uganda. During the week of September 10, she will be sharing her experiences and stories from the field. Please, join the conversation below!
Kate H. von Achen graduated from the University of Kansas with a B.A. in Political Science with a focus on Women in Developing Countries in 2006. The summer following graduation, von Achen traveled to East Africa for the first time to study Fair Trade coffee cooperatives in Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda and immediately fell in love with Uganda and could not wait to return. Six months later von Achen found herself back where she belonged. In January 2007, von Achen returned to Uganda to study the conflict with the Lord’s Resistance Army in Northern Uganda. It was then that von Achen decided to start her M.A. in Peace and Conflict Studies at Makerere University in Kampala, Uganda in August 2007.
Upon her move to Uganda, von Achen realized that she could combine her passion for the fair trade movement with her desire to see Northern Uganda rebuild itself, starting Awava with little more than a dream and vision.
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