Meet Christine Condo

08/31/2009 - 6:19 PM
Christine CondoThe Global Producer Services department is a small, but hardworking team of four based in TransFair USA’s head office in Oakland, California. Along with the help of a couple Fair Trade-loving interns, the GPS team develops and manages projects aimed at getting farmers the tools and the training to enable them to take control of their products, their cooperatives, and their livelihoods. And although the team racks up plenty of frequent flyer miles on their way to assist Fair Trade Certified cooperatives all over the world, they can’t always be in-country and they don’t always know the best local resources available to cooperatives. Enter the TransFair USA Project consultants! Christine Condo is the coordinator for GPS’ East African Coffee Development Project in Rwanda. Ms. Condo first partnered with TransFair USA in the beginning of 2007 to help four Fair Trade Certified Rwandan coffee cooperatives improve coffee quality, business management, and market linkage. Ms. Condo graduated from the National University of Rwanda in 2002 with a B.S. in Agronomy with a focus in coffee production. From 2004-2007 Ms. Condo was the coffee and tea coordinator for the international development agency ACDI/VOCA working with Rwandan coffee cooperatives on everything from management training to supervising the distribution of fertilizers. Not only does Christine know the ins and outs of the Rwandan coffee world, but she’s also fluent in Kinya-rwanda, French, and English. Over the past two years working with the Global Producer Services team, Ms. Condo has proven to be an invaluable piece of the Fair Trade movement in East Africa. Christine Condo’s expertise in the Rwandan coffee sector is an excellent example of why GPS partners with in-country consultants to help provide cooperatives with the services they need. Partnering with the local experts and entities not only helps cooperatives find the technical expertise that they need, but it helps the community itself. Very often, in-country consultants come from local universities, industry groups, or small business associations, with the goal of fostering sustainable local development and building up  communities where local business work with each other. In the case of the East Africa Coffee Development Project, Christine Condo is leading the way of Rwandans helping Rwandans.
08/31/2009 - 6:19 PM
08/31/2009 - 6:19 PM