Producer: Hingakawa Women's Cofee
Region: Gakenke District, Rushashi Cofee
Varieties: Bourbon (Predominantly)
Processing: Wet-processed (Fully Washed, Raised Sun-Dried Beds)
Wet Mill: Abakundakawa
Certifications: Fair Trade Crop: 2018-2019
Dry Mill: RWACOF
When you sip a cup of cofee from Hingakawa cooperative, chances are that it was planted, harvested, sorted, processed, analyzed, bagged, delivered, and accounted by women only. The women of Hingakawa have seen one of the darkest periods of Rwandan history. About a decade after the 1994 Genocide, the group that includes both Hutu and Tutsi women made a decision to make poverty their mutual enemy rather than each other, and to heal their community through their leadership. Taking advantage of the transformation of the cofee sector in the country, hundreds of female smallholders established a producers cooperative under Abakundakawa, the mother cooperative.
Since its inception, the group has proved that when the female farmers are given the opportunity, not only they can grow exceptional cofee but also can market and sell it as successfully as their male counterparts, if not better. Hingakawa means “Let's Grow Cofee” in Kinyarwanda, the national language of Rwanda. The name is not meant to be a cute, catch phrase but it's more of a call to the fght with poverty, a chant for the women to reclaim their lives and to coexist. We hope you enjoy and celebrate this handsome cofee as much as we do.