Dukunde Kawa Cooperative
Fair Trade Certified™ since 2004, Dukunde Kawa secures a high standard of living for Rwandan farmers by ensuring access to an economically and environmentally sustainable coffee industry. Eighty percent of Dukunde's producers are women.
In February 2005, the Coffee Review gave Dukunde Kawa's coffee a rating of 90 points and recommended their coffee to those "moved by the miracle of mountain gorillas, by the recovery of Rwanda, and by the miraculous pleasure of a delicately lush coffee like this one."
New Roofs Above Their Heads
Many farmers renovated their homes and now all members’ homes have tile rather than grass roofs.
New Trees, Sustainable Usage
Dukunde Kawa members started a tree rehabilitation program, allowing 30 farmers to bring an additional 3,000 trees into production in 2005. All members received new coffee trees. The cooperative plans on creating a water channeling system for the "honey water" left over after coffee processing.
Financing and Insurance
Each member has been able to buy a farm animal, and many now have health insurance for the first time.