Origin: Democratic Republic of Congo
Region: Lake Kivu
Altitude: 1500 – 2000 masl
Varieties: Mainly Bourbon
In the cup: Clean and balanced cup with apricot, lime and honey notes in aroma, a mild citrus acidity, stone fruits notes in sweetness and a smooth finish.
RWH was started by Marceline Budza, who grew up in Bukavu during one of most violent periods in DRC’s history. She was inspired to create RWH to help women take charge of their lives and respond to the daily suffering, persecution, poverty and violation of rights she saw women face in her society. RWH was born out of the desire to combat this idea, through uniting a group of coffee producing women who are fighting against inequality in women’s rights and re-establishing the value of a woman’s work. For that reason, RWH works to create a spirit of entrepreneurship and self management in women, in order to raise the standard of living in their communities and across their nation.
In 2015, Coffeelac built the first RWH South Idjwi Washing Station, which produced its first container of coffee in 2016. Profits from the sale of the coffee will be shared between all value chain actors, and will be used by RWH to support their women’s economic empowerment programs, such as entrepreneurship training and the establishment of other revenue generating activities for the women farmers of Idjwi.