Arthur Karuletwa

Arthur Karuletwa

Global Director of Traceability, Starbucks, Seattle


Preserving Identity Through Coffee Traceability

Arthur Karuletwa is a native of Rwanda, but lived as a refugee in Uganda and Kenya in the 1990’s. Today, he sees coffee as a source of healing and empowerment, and has developed a program to trace coffee beans from the point of origin through the supply chain.

In surviving the horrific genocide of his people and murder of his family, Karuletwa was stripped of his identity. As an immigrant in America, he has dedicated his life to preserving the identity of others. Waging a war on poverty through agriculture and traceability, Karuletwa points to our food and drink as a reflection of our identity and culture, something we must understand to better act as agents of global development.

 

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