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, the co-op 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 by Fairtrade Labelling Organizations International (FLO) 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.
Quotes from Co-op members:
“Membership in the cooperative completely changed my financial situation. Before the price was bad and unstable but the moment I sold my cherries for a good price through the cooperative I gained alot without using as much effort as before. The coffee washing station in our cooperative helps efficiency. I am also a cattle farmer with sheeps and goats and I opened an account at the local bank. Everything is well in my family. I encourage my neibors to come together and form cooperatives as it is a major factor in improving rural development here.” -Rubabagishi Agustin
“My name is Nyirarubinga Consolee, born in 1961 and mother of six children. I produce 900-1800 kg of cherries annually. Before my membership in the cooperative I put much effort in the preparation of ordinary coffee and sold it to local merchants for hardly anything. At the moment, this is not the case. Now when I harvest cherries I sell them at a good price to our cooperative. I am proud. Thanks to the good price that our cooperative gives me I now have three cows, rabbits and I can easily pay school tuition fees and health benefits for my family.”