Victrola Coffee – Rwanda Gakenke Hinga Kawa Women’s Coop
The Abakundakawa (“Those Who Love Coffee”) Rushashi coffee cooperative, located in the northern mountainous region of the district of Gakenke is situated at an altitude of 1700-1900 meters and encompasses five distinct zones. The coffee cooperative was formed in 2004 and due to a strong women’s movement became the first Women’s’ Farmer Association of its kind in Rwanda.
Abakundakawa coffee cooperative is represented by two women’s associations, Hinga Kawa (“Let’s Grow Coffee”) and Dakundakawa (“We love Coffee”). The women of Hinga Kawa have seen one of the darkest periods of Rwandan history. Since this group includes both Hutu and Tutsi, the women made a decision to make poverty their mutual enemy rather than each other; and with this sentiment, they have been able to move forward and heal their community through their leadership. After the coffee farms in Rwanda were left fallow for a time, several organizations assisted the farmers to be able to produce coffee once again.
We are proud to introduce you to the brave women of Hinga Kawa Women’s Coffee. The journey of both the producers and product are fully traceable by a third party traceability verifier. The details to chain of custody tracking allow us to recognize these incredible women and understand what makes this coffee as special as it tastes.
Region: Gakenke District, Rushashi
Varietals: Mostly bourbon
Producer: Hinga Kawa Women’s Association
Tasting notes: white grape, black cherry, cinnamon
*Photos courtesy of Victrola Coffee.
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