Region: Gakenke, Northern Province
Altitude: 1900 – 2200 MASL
Co-op: Musasa Dukundekawa Cooperative Mill
Varietals: Red Bourbon
Founded in 2000, The Dukunde Kawa Musasa Co-operative cultivates its high-quality coffee near a mountain gorilla habitat at around 1,800masl, in Rwanda’s rugged North-West. By producing high-end coffee for the international market and employing a majority female workforce, the co-operative ensures maximum benefits to local families.
Eighty percent of Dukunde Kawa’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 also constructed 2 schools for local children in 2006 and 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.