Kenyan Woman Margaret Nyamumbo Secures Ksh 44 Million Funding in Shark Tank for Her Coffee Brand Kahawa 1893
Kahawa 1893's tipping system is structured such that customers can tip farmers via a QR code at the back of the coffee's packaging.
Margaret Nyamumbo, a Kenyan woman, secured Ksh 44 million ($350,000) in the American startup funding show, Shark Tank, for an 8% stake in her coffee brand, Kahawa 1893. Margaret is a Kenyan who emigrated to the United States and started her beverage startup there. She is also an alumnus of Harvard Business School.
"Did You Know that the Best Coffee in the World Grows in Kenya?" - Margaret Nyamumbo on Shark Tank Season 14 Episode 14
Margaret Nyamumbo Secures Shark Tank Deal for $350,000 for an 8% Stake in Kahawa 1893
Margaret secured a $350,000 deal for an 8% stake in her beverage company, Kahawa 1893. Her story captivated Skims' Founding Partner, Entrepreneur, and Shark Emma Grede who sought to invest in the company. Initially, Emma wanted 12.5% of the company but after Margaret negotiated and aroused interest from the other sharks, settled for 8%.
An ethical brand of delicious coffee that goes above and beyond for their farmers?? I'm in! 😍 pic.twitter.com/uZfcFNTnOd— Shark Tank (@ABCSharkTank) February 15, 2023
The Story Behind Kahawa 1893
Margaret Nyamumbo grew up on her grandfather's farm where he grew coffee. She grew up with a love for coffee but noted a disconnect between the labor inputs of women in coffee growing and the benefits they got. In essence, since men were mostly the landowners, they got more compensation from coffee growing even as the women were the ones who did most of the actual work.
Guest Shark @EmmaGrede loves a good story behind a business 👏 Never lose your story in the process of growth! pic.twitter.com/VrdvUppaFM— Shark Tank (@ABCSharkTank) February 19, 2023
A Prioritization of the Welfare of Women Coffee Growers
The realization of the gender inequality in compensation and the reaping of benefits from coffee growing (that mostly disadvantaged women) pushed Margaret to start Kahawa 1893. She started the business with women in mind and works exclusively with women coffee farmers in her native country Kenya and also in Africa.
African Coffee is the Best Coffee - Margaret Nyamumbo, Kahawa 1893
The Business Structure of Kahawa 1893
Kahawa 1893's business structure is one whose input (the actual coffee) is sourced exclusively from women coffee farmers in Africa. Kahawa 1893 goes a step further and allows customers to directly tip farmers. This is powerful as beyond ensuring that women actually reap benefits from their coffee growing efforts, Kahawa 1893 also allows customers to take part in empowering the women and tip them.
How Kahawa 1893 Tips Women Coffee Farmers
Kahawa 1893's tipping system is structured such that customers can tip farmers via a QR code at the back of the coffee's packaging for the whole bean coffee. When customers scan the QR code on their phones, they are taken to a payments landing page where they can tip a desired amount. These funds are then wired back to the women coffee farmers from who the coffee came.
Is Kahawa 1893 Coffee Ground?
At the moment, Kahawa 1893 offers 'Whole Bean' coffee which means that you'll have to have a coffee grinder to enjoy a cup of the refreshing coffee. This shouldn't discourage you, however, as whole-bean coffee is touted as more flavorful than ground coffee.
Where to Get Kahawa 1893 Coffee
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