Rwanda

“Rwanda can be a paradise again, but it will take the love of the entire world…and that’s as it should be, for what happened in Rwanda happened to us all – humanity was wounded by the genocide.”

– Immacuée Ilibagiza, Rwandan author

This lot of fair trade, organic Rwandan coffee is sourced from family owned farms organized around the Musasa mill located near a gorilla habitat in the Gakenke district of Rwanda. Farmer plots are so small that measurements are based on the number of trees, not area of land. Farmers who process their coffee at the Musasa mill are members of the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative, which started in 2000 with enough funds to build one wet mill. In the following years, the Dukunde Kawa Coop has built three more wet mills and completed construction of their own dry mill. More than 80 percent of the cooperative workforce is women and producer-members have used earnings to improve their standards of living with investments in livestock, access to healthcare, programs to protect the environment and also won the SCAA 2012 Sustainability Award. The quality of the coffee is internationally recognized, consistently placing as one of the best in the Cup of Excellence annual auction.

Coffee cooperatives are the keystone of improving quality. And by bringing villagers together to work toward a common economic goal the cooperatives have helped Rwandans with the monumental task of reconciliation, since genocide widows work side by side with women whose husbands are in jail for participating in the killing.