Solidarity Finance Grand Prix, Entrepreneur award in developing countries

The cooperative improves the living conditions of the coffee growers it employs, but its social impact is greater.

The Kopakama cooperative has a complete transformation chain for grain processing.

For twenty years, Kopakama has been more than just a fair coffee cooperative. The label & # 39; Fair Trade & # 39; and & # 39; Rainforest Alliance & # 39; is certified in organic farming. The cooperative has developed a real grain processing chain. It has two washing stations on the banks of Lake Kivu, on the Rwandan side, where most of the processing of 1500 tons of coffee cherries is carried out. The green coffee is then brought directly onto the market by the cooperative and via Misozi, of which it is a shareholder.

Stimulate polyculture

But Kopakama also helped to restore a climate of trust, where the 1994 genocide had catastrophic consequences for relations between the populations. It has also made it possible for widows and women of men who have been imprisoned for their actions during their civil war not to fall into poverty. In general, it is about enabling coffee growers to improve their living conditions by generating a stable and high income from their work. Finally, in order to respond to environmental issues, the cooperative has taken certain measures to encourage polyculture with the complementary cultivation of squash at the base of coffee trees to prevent the occurrence of weeds.

Kopakama hopes to increase production to 2500 tons by 2022. Currently the cooperative works with 33 people permanently and with more than 300 day laborers, but the social impact is greater. It also provided access to drinking water for 48 households, while 102 were connected to the electricity grid.

Kopakama Cooperative

Activity: Agricultural cooperative that processes and markets coffee from sustainable agriculture

2017 sales: $ 657,418

Employees 33

Solidarity financers: Sidi

Grand Prix of solidarity funding in cooperation with France Info.