Producer Profiles

Dukunde Kawa Cooperative

Founded in 2000, The Dukunde Kawa Cooperative (Musasa) cultivates its high-quality coffee near a mountain gorilla habitat in central Rwanda. By producing high-end coffee for the international market and employing a majority female workforce, the cooperative ensures maximum benefits to local families. In 2003, it built a washing station with funds provided by the Rwandan ministry of defense. In exchange for this support, the Dukunde Kawa cooperative donates 10 percent of its net profits annually to fund the construction of other washing stations throughout Rwanda.

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."
 

Programs

Bicycles for Coffee Transport

Dukunde Kawa purchased 10 bicycles for each of Dukunde’s production zones, easing the transportation of coffee cherries to the central station.

New Roofs Above Their Heads

Many farmers renovated their homes and now all members’ homes have tile rather than grass roofs.

School and Credit program

Dukunde Kawa constructed 2 schools in 2006. Also, the cooperative provides members with long-term credit at no interest.