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This cooperative of mostly women has emerged to produce some of Rwanda's best coffee, empowering its members along the way.
Twongere Umusaruro (which translates as “Increase Production”) is a cooperative made up of 125 female and 10 male coffee growers from Eastern Rwanda’s Rukara Sector in the Kayonza District. The growth and success of this co-op reveals the potential of Kayonza for coffee growing, a region previously known for its dry rolling hills and banana plantations.
Twongere Umusaruro merged with two other co-ops, Dukunde Amahoro and Agaseke, to form a new organization with the common interest of increasing coffee productivity and quality. Our importers arrived in this region in 2013 to work with the newly merged Twongere Umusaruro, providing the cooperative with agricultural and technical assistance in coffee.
That assistance included training programs in best agricultural practices, including pruning, mulching, composting, harvest, and post-harvest handling. In the summer of 2014, Twongere Umusaruro began construction of its own coffee washing station. This washing station not only acts as a processing facility, but serves as a symbol of transformation, allowing the co-op and its members to claim ownership over the sun-dried coffee coming from the washing station.
At the washing station, the coffee is carefully depulped, fermented, washed, and dried on raised African beds. The members of the cooperative and coffee washing station carefully hand-sort the coffee at each step of the way. Once the coffee is processed, it is sold both domestically and internationally. This cooperative of mostly women has emerged to produce some of Rwanda's best coffee, empowering its members along the way.
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