Women's Coffee Project
Each bag of Women's Coffee Project
One Dollar of Coffee is donated locally
One Dollar is donated internationally
Fair Trade Certified
Support Organic Farming
Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC)
Kivu is an area in DRC nearly destroyed by the Congo civil war and the Rwanda Genocide. The resulting economic collapse led many coffee farmers to smuggle their coffee to nearby Rwanda to get food and other necessary supplies due to low coffee prices in the Congo. In 2002 SOPACDI or the Solidarite Paysanne la Promotion de Actions Café et Development Integras was formed, recognizing that the bridge from strife to success could be coffee.
The first international coffee buyer came in 2008. Now made up of 5200 members in total, who received support through innovative programs established by SOPACDI and outside programs find buyers for their coffee internationally. Over 20% of the co-op members are women.
This coffee, Lake Kivu, comprises 3,546 women smallholder farmer members who live in the Kalehe territory of DRC in South Kivu, with an average farm size of 1.7 acres who deliver the coffee in cherry form to the mill.
This coffee is grown by 664 women farm owners who own or manage small farms where they grow other crops with an average size of fewer than 5 acres. In 2020, the Women's Association used the premium collectively to purchase dairy cows. The cows provide nutritional value and easier access to organic compost for their farm production.