The Abakunda Kawa 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 there
and became the first Café Femenino Program on the continent of Africa in 2008.
Abakunda Kawa is a second level co-op, (a co-op of smaller remote coffee producing
co-ops) with women led groups in many different areas. The two sub-cooperatives that
are active producers in the Café Femenino Program are Hinga Kawa, and Dakunda Kawa.
The Hinga Kawa women’s association became the first to begin a Café Femenino
Program, but both groups produced the coffee for the most recent harvest.
The women of Hinga Kawa have witnessed the darkest period of Rwandan history with
the Genocide in 1994. Since this group includes both Hutu and Tutsi’s, 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.


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