Rwanda Ngoma Mamas
April – Sept
The Women Coffee Extension (WCE) was initially founded as a cooperative focused on creating a space for female producers to have a stronger voice in Rwandan coffee production. As of now, 60% of WCE co-op members are women, with growing initiatives working to expand membership within the region.
This project aimed to improve the livelihoods of low-income women farmers through training that creates the basis for more transparent trade, improved quality, and higher prices. Through the project, women farmers have been able to grow more from their small plots of land, have access to international buyers, reduce their exposure to financial commodity market risk, and improve the environmental sustainability of their communities.
The Rwanda project has made a substantial, tangible impact on the women farmers involved: They have nearly doubled their income from coffee and more than doubled their yield per coffee tree.
The WCE co-op was founded by three people: Arine Ucyeye, Odette Uwamariya and Audace Ngabonziza. They spoke of the challenges and rewards the WCE has faced, one of them is medical care. To date, 700 individuals currently receive medical insurance.
Coffee Blossom, Blackcurrant, Tangerine