Abahuzamugambi Ba Kawa Ba Maraba
Abahuzamugambi (which means "those who have common goals") produces an exemplary crop from 100 percent Bourbon cultivars, highly noted for its natural sweet fruity flavor and rich body. Their coffee entered the specialty market as Rwanda Maraba Bourbon, proudly the “world’s first single origin Rwanda Coffee” and the “world’s first Fair Trade product from Rwanda,” which was certified in 2002.
With help from the NGO Project Pearl, Abahuzamugambi opened their own banking branch in 2003, which offers members a variety of banking services and provides new employment opportunities in the area. Their first washing station was constructed in 2002 and in 2007 they completed their fourth–allowing cherries to be processed within hours of picking, helping maintain more of its original qualities. Other projects funded with Fair Trade premiums include training sessions for women, medical insurance for members and academic scholarships for members’ children.
Since my cooperative pays medical insurance for my children and I, we don't have any more issues trying to afford health services. ”
Our coffee revenues have incresed since an additional washing station was built close to my cooperative. ”
Health Education Sessions for Women
The cooperative provides training for women on community health and hygiene issues.
Scholarships for Members' Children
Abahuzamugambi offers scholarships to members' children so they are able to complete their basic education.
Insurance for Members
The cooperative initiated a health care program that covers medical insurance fees for members and their families.
New Washing Stations
The cooperative built new washing stations, which significantly improves the value of their coffee and provides local employment opportunities.