Aissatou and Hannah journeyed to Rwanda to meet with long term partners Kinini and meet Twongerekawa Coko Cooperative for the first time.Read more
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R & B Import Export Ltd was formed in March 2012 by the two directors Malcolm Clear and Jaqueline Turner, who set up and continue to run an NGO which has an Infant and Primary School as well as a Health Post called A New Beginning Rwanda. A portion of the proceeds of all coffee sold by them goes to help fund these projects for the long term.
They work closely with the local population to not only produce premium quality coffee, but also to improve the local environment with a strong emphasis on building quality schools and local healthcare outposts which have traditionally been lacking. The majority of the farmers are widows from the Rwandan genocide and Jacquie, one of the founders of Kinini, is a key member of the International Women’s Coffee Association (IWCA).
They entered a partnership with more than 633 local farmers and the local government in Rulindo district. This partnership covers 252 hectares of coffee growing land in the Rusiga and Mbogo sectors processed at their washing station, Kinini. Having spent time and money improving the local infrastructure as well as an initial near half a million coffee seedling investment, Kinini were recipients of a contribution from our Full Circle event, to allow them to build a cupping lab attached to the drying beds and wet mill. Working with Satellite technology, they are able to measure leaf glare from the trees to spot any infestations or disease that is affecting an area, and treat it quickly before it becomes a larger problem in the fields. They continue to encourage cooperative work amongst the many farmers and provide agronomic assistance and advice where needed.
The terroir is ideal for producing coffee, with lots gaining Cup of Excellence status as the years have progressed, as well as a growing recognition with roasters and baristas around the world. 2019 saw them venturing in to naturals as they continue to focus on quality and build their global reputation.