Scotland Street Coffee sends girls to school in Malawi

23 Jan 2017

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We're delighted to announce that sales of Scotland Street Coffee will support girls education in Malawi.

The coffee, which uses the famous Scots-author Alexander McCall Smith’s 'Scotland Street'  branding, launched last year in Edinburgh and has now raised £3,500.

Brodies Tea and Coffee Merchants, the producers of the coffee, have gifted all profits to the Mamie Martin Fund, a Scottish-based charity who support girls in the north of Malawi to attend secondary school.

Coffee was first introduced to Malawi by Dr. John Buchanan in the 1870s with a plant from the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh.

Mariot Dallas, Trustee of the Mamie Martin Fund (MMF) said:

“Our mother Margaret, the founder of MMF, died recently and we have been touched and inspired by the tributes and messages from our partners and friends in Malawi.  

“The girls who have been supported through their secondary education are now enriching their communities and their country.

“In the MMF we are committed to continuing the work of Mamie Martin and her daughter Margaret Sinclair and it has been wonderful to have the support of ‘Scotland Street Coffee’ as we continue to work towards our aim of educating girls and empowering Malawi.”

David Hope-Jones OBE, Principal Officer of the Scotland Malawi Partnership said:

“We’re delighted that the Scotland Street Coffee has been such a success, with all profits helping educate girls in Malawi through the Mamie Martin Fund.

“The coffee itself represents all that the partnership between our two nations stands for: mutually beneficial, two-way dignified partnerships.  

“It showcases Malawi’s growing reputation as a producer of high-quality fine food and drink products.”

Alexander McCall Smith said:

“I am delighted that the Scotland Street coffee sales have been able to help young people in Africa to get an education.

“Drinking coffee is always a pleasure - but what a greater pleasure when it is drunk in the knowledge that it will help young people get started!”