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

Financing and Insurance

Each member has been able to buy a farm animal, and many now have health insurance for the first time.

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.

New Equipment for Processing

Dukunde Kawa purchased a single-disc de-pulper for their new mini washing station. The cooperative bought a computer for their accounting department.