D.R. Congo - Rebuild Womens Hope

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Country Congo
Region Idjwi Island, Lake Kivu
Wet Mill Coffeelac
Varietal Bourbon
Process Washed
Altitude 1800 - 2000 MASL

Cup Score:
84

Tasting Notes:
Milk Chocolate, Stone Fruit, Spices, Jammy Dodgers

The Story:
Rebuild Women's Hope is a non-profit organisation based in Bukavu in the Democratic
Republic of Congo. It was established in 2013 by gender equity pioneer Marceline Budza, with
the aim of empowering Congolese women.

“In the DRC, a woman has been traditionally considered less valuable than a man; merely an
instrument of sexual satisfaction or a producer of children, she is considered incapable of
contributing to her family and community’s needs through dignified work.”

Up until very recently, coffee produced on Idjwi had no export market. Instead their coffee was sold to middle men who would smuggle it into neighbouring countries for resale.
Despite having optimal conditions for coffee cultivation, the quality of production had always suffered, due to lack of markets, agronomy training and finance.

Yet these women now have access to training in entrepreneurship and economic empowerment, where they are gaining tools that help them take control of their own economic future. Meanwhile they are have also been taught about washing stations as the Rebuild Women’s Hope program have built two new washing stations for them.

Because of this coffee, these women’s social rights are improving, as its providing them their own source of income and turning their femininity into something to be proud of.
Yet that’s not the only thing, they’re also being offered an education that deepens their coffee knowledge, allowing them to hoan a craft that is utilised to improve their crop. With new washing stations and an understanding of coffee processing, these farmers have the equipment to improve their crop and develop its characteristics in the cup. You won’t be surprised to hear that this coffee is now sold in the specialty market at premium prices which hugely benefit the lives of this community, and the farmers who are building this society.