FOUNDING MEMBERS OF PWCFC
The Peje-West Coffee Farmer
Cooperative (PWCFC) was founded in 2003 by Philip
Bona and Braima Moiwai along with
the Paramount Chief (PC) Mustapha Gebeh IV, and the elders/local chiefs
in Peje-West Chiefdom in Kailahun District.
For the past 4 years, Philip Bona has served as a PWCFC representative and advocate in the registration and certification of PWCFC with Fair Trade Organization (FLO_CERT) as well as with recruiting coffee merchants in Germany and the UK as potential brokers for PWCFC in the global market. Philip Bona has continued to serve on the Board as an active PWCFC advocate abroad, educating, publicizing and advertising coffee samples to merchants and roasters in Germany and the UK.
Braima Moiwai serves as PWCFC's Outreach Personnel both National and International and PWCFC representative in the USA. He recruits potential buyers abroad as well as educating local farmers about the "wash coffee" processing method that is different from the traditional processing method. Braima Moiwai is currently overseeing the construction of a PWCFC produce warehouse in Bunumbu prior to the beginning of exporting planned for 2011.
Philip Bona and Braima Moiwai are friends from childhood and they were lucky to have escaped the decade long civil war in the 1990s. Philip Bona migrated to Germany shortly after Braima Moiwai left for United States in 1986. They were both heartbroken when the war began in 1991 and they lost many of their loved ones. After ten years of war and destruction, Philip Bona and Braima Moiwai went back home in 2001 to give a proper burial to their dead, and began working with elders to rebuild their devastated communities.
In the last 8 years, Philip Bona and Braima Moiwai have taken leadership roles and following in the footsteps of parents who were traditional leaders. They have continued to send used textbooks and stationeries to local primary schools and supporting the local weaving group for women "Mu gama govahun weavers." (Let's go back to the past).