The Hing Kawa women's association produced a fair trade coffee that dances on the cupping table. A delightful and creamy mouthful combined with a floral aromatics and sweet center. The light citrus acidity sparkles, complementing the slight red fruit and cocoa finish.
The Abakunda Kawa Rushashi coffee cooperative, located in the northern mountainous region of the district of Gakenke is situated at an altitude of 1700-1900 meters and encompasses five distinct zones. The coffee cooperative was formed in 2004 and due to a strong women’s movement became the first Café Femenino Program on the continent of Africa in 2008.
Abakunda Kawa coffee cooperative is representation by two women associations, Hinga Kawa and Dakundakawa. The Hinga Kawa women's association became the first to begin a Café Femenino Program.
The women of Hinga Kawa have seen one of the darkest periods of Rwandan history. Since this group includes both Hutu and Tutsi, the women made a decision to make poverty their mutual enemy rather than each other; and with this sentiment, they have been able to move forward and heal their community through their leadership.
After the coffee farms in Rwanda were left fallow for a time, several organizations assisted the farmers to be able to produce coffee once again. It is with great pride that Organic Products Trading Company (OPTCO) was contacted by the Hinga Kawa women’s association to begin a partnership that would prove to make many lives better in this isolated region of Rwanda through the Café Femenino Program.
Café Femenino Coffee Project is a social program for women coffee producers in rural communities around the world. More than 1,500 women in Bolivia, Colombia, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico and Peru are active in the project to achieve empowerment, build social and support networks, and earn incomes through the production and sale of the Café Femenino Coffee. The success of the project initiated the creation of The Café Femenino Foundation, which provides grants to select programs and projects that enhance the lives of women and their families in coffee growing communities around the world.
The Café Femenino Coffee is imported exclusively by OPTCO and distributed by more than 80 roasters whom pay a premium above the fair trade price. Café Femenino is high-quality, organic coffee that is left unblended to preserve the acidity, body, flavor and aroma that are unique to each Café Femenino Coffee variety.