Marie is one of these small producers, owning around 600 trees, and one of the reasons it’s possible to purchase her coffee specifically is because the Dukunde Kawa Cooperative (of which Marie is a member) now have their own dry mill. Having their own dry mill enables them to process smaller lots and control quality from the beginning of the process – the coffee cherry being delivered – right through to export.
Marie was born in 1955, and was widowed in the horrific Rwandan genocide of 1994. She was faced with the responsibility of caring for her five surviving children and rebuilding their life, and coffee has played a big part in helping her to do this.
Gakenke District, Ruli Sector