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