Dukunde Kawa Cooperative
The Dukunde Kawa Cooperative is located high in the hills of the Musasa region of Rwanda. The high altitude plays an important part in the exceptional quality of the coffee produced. The sweeping views from the washing station of green hills and valleys is breath-taking.
The cooperative currently has over 2147 active members
Dukunde Kawa was established in 2004 and currently has 2147 active members. The cooperative has been Fairtrade Certified since 2004. The president is Anastase Minani and the manager and chief agronomist is Isaac Nsanzamahoro. The coop has three washing stations: Musasa, Coko, and Mbilima.
Dukunde Kawa is an important part of the community. The coop employs people, runs a basket weaving project, provides access to a grain mill, established a milk pasteurisation facility, and offers loans to coffee producers specifically for school fees and medical expenses. Dukunde Kawa has given the community 142 cows which are a great source of additional income. The coop also focuses on agricultural training and holds three-day training sessions for 400 farmers at a time at least once a year. The training covers coffee quality, farming, and Fairtrade Certification among other things.
Bean There Coffee Company began purchasing coffee from Dukunde Kawa in 2013 and has visited the cooperative twice to date. Dukunde Kawa is an encouraging and inspiring model of how fair trade works not only for the farmers but also the community at large.