We buy a lot of our coffee from Rwanda. Its soil imparts a brilliantly fruity flavour, and we think that’s a great addition to some of our everyday blends.
In March 2019, Rebecca Mundy (one of our coffee wizards) flew out to spend 12 days with the Kopakama Cooperative — a small farming community nestled on the shores of lake Kivu. While staying at the Kopakama Cooperative, Rebecca helped to orchestrate the business’s annual review and she also managed to taste-test some of their latest crop (lucky her!).
It wasn’t all about coffee though: A key part of her visit involved meeting some of the women from Ejo Heza, Kopakama’s Women’s Group.
The Ejo Heza group was set up to heal divisions in the community, and promote female solidarity after the Rwandan genocide. It gave women who did not have direct access to land the opportunity to produce coffee in their own right, and it’s enabled more women to be members of the cooperative, which has been great for the community.
In the last two years, we have helped Ejo Heza to purchase more land, established a savings and loans fund for the women to access, and provided training to women in financial literacy and leadership.