In 2006, 257 coffee farmers from the Kigeyo region of Rwanda came together to collect and process coffee cherries in order to improve the quality of Kigeyo’s coffee. However, it was not until 2015 that KODUKAK (Koperative Dutezimbere Kawa Kigeyo) became a registered cooperative. FLO certification was received in early 2016. Located on the shores of Lake Kivu, KODUKAK today has 990 members / farmers (651 male and 339 female).
KODUKAK is a member of the secondary cooperative COOPAC which was founded in 2001. They work with over 8,000 members from the six areas of Ack, Ubuzima, Tuzamurane, Kopabm, Abakundakurima and Abanyamurava in Rwanda's western province.
Cooperative Coffees began working with KODUKAK in 2016. Their members specialize in fully washed Bourbon heirloom coffee, a prized strain of arabica coffee, clean and sweet, with mild floral, citrus and berry notes and a dark chocolate finish. All coffee is organic and fair trade.
Koperative Dutezimbere Kawa Kigeyo
FLO ID#: 33687
Total Bags Purchased: 1505
Partner Since: 2016
Total Members: 990
Total Hectares: 1000
Avg Farm Size: 1.01 ha
Organic Hectares: 1000
Harvest: May to July
Elevation: 1800 m
Social Premium Investment: 2019 Crop YearFair Trade Certification guarantees 20 cents/lb of the price paid a producer organization is set aside as a social premium. How this money is invested is a decision taken collectively by the general assembly of members at the end of each harvest. Below is a break down of how producers in this organization chose to spend their fair trade premium.
EducationPurchase of a land in order to build up a school (work in progress)