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Rwanda E.JO Heza Women Co-op Coffee Pack 50 Pods

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Mushubati Kopakama e.jo Heza women coffee

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Pack of 50 

Rwanda,Women Co-op Coffee

Grown in the Karongi district in western Rwanda at an altitude of 1,500 – 1,800 meters. The beans are fully-washed and sun-dried on raised beds. Harvest time is from June to September.

180 women from the KOPAKAM Coperative came together in 2009 to form this women’s group after the 1994 Rwandan genocide that left many widows and orphans. The women focused on rehabilitating the coffee fields so that they could earn a living without their husbands. From the coffee sales, they raise funds to plant a collective coffee field, Ejo Heza – A Beautiful Tomorrow. They have invested the money for the community to have water access and they have also used the money to help poor members buy cows. There are now 247 women members with individual and collective farms.

In the cup what can you expect: 

Wine and berry, vanilla, roasted almond, butter and clove with aftertaste of butterscotch and hints of orange. Smooth body and sparkle of acidity.

Pack of 50 ESE 7.2g ESE Coffee Pods. 

 

In Africa, women often take a leading role in coffee production but have little say over the proceeds. Traditionally, few women are members of their co-operative, since the land deeds are registered in their husband’s names. This can leave women with limited power and say over income and expenditure. The knock-on effects are significant, since women usually take first responsibility for children, food, health and education.

The JMI co-operatives are part of a movement to change this. Women farmers are leaders in the co-operatives, sit on the boards and head up their primary society village-level co-operatives. They are members of the co-operatives in their own right. At Gumutindo, farmers have gone one step further in promoting fully traceable ‘Women’s Coffee’ with a premium paid towards projects which support women’s empowerment..

GALS_Woman_BJCWomen are taking part in workshops in their communities, with their husbands, to recognise and together change the power imbalances and move towards living in households where decisions and responsibilities are more equal. Leading the way in this work are the members of Bukonzo Joint Co-operative in Western Uganda. Here is an example of their approach, which they are now helping to replicate across East Africa.