Hingakawa Women Association From ABAKUNDAKAWA RUSHASHI

These women started to organise themselves in special women empowerment organisations, but in recent years have also learned that the label “produced by women” has a marketable value, and now sell their coffees separately at a premium. This in turn has sparked a discussion among traditional households (with husbands) about ownership of the coffee trees. In Rwandan smallholder families, the coffee trees are owned by men – but if women receive a premium for their produce, it can benefit all financially to pass some of this ownership to the women in the households. This development is slowly but steadily helping Rwandan women’s emancipation and position in society underway.

These women make up the hingakawa women’s group – which means “let us grow coffee” in Kinyarwanda. The women who are in the Abakundakawa cooperative are the ones who heads their families  –

Specific information and climatic conditions
Latitude: 475507 m; Longitude: 9806750 m
Altitude: 1755 meters, (range from 1500 to 2200 meters)
Coffee variety: Arabica,
Soil type: Heavy to very heavy clay; Soil pH mean: 5.3
Precipitation range: 1300 to 1400 mm
Temperature range: 17 -18 degrees Celsius
Processing capacity: 38400 tons green coffee per year
Processing System:  Wet processing
Drying system: Natural sun drying,
Water source: Mountain natural spring
Certification: Faire trade and organic Certified