DUKUNDE KAWA - Gakenke, Rwanda - Fair Trade - Shade Grown
Fair-Trade Certified by Fair Trade USA
Flavor Profile : Mandarin Orange, Piquant, Syrupy Body
Roast Level : Light Medium
Process : Washed Process / Sun Dried
Varietal : Bourbon
Founded in 2000, the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative 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 ensure maximum benefits to local families. In 2003, it built a washing station with funds provided by the Rwandan ministry of defense. In exchange for his 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 enduring access to an economically and environmentally sustainable coffee industry. Eight percent of Dukunde's producers are women. Each member has been able to buy a farm animal, and many now have health insurance for the first time. Dukunde Kawa constructed two schools in 2006. Also, the cooperative provides members with long-term credit at no interest. Many farmers renovated their homes and now all members' homes have tile rather than grass roofs.