Rwandan Coffee Packs Punch in World Market

Rwanda, an east African country smaller than Belgium, has curbed Covid-19 cases so effectively that Rwandans were among the few people outside the European Union (EU) who were allowed to enter the region when travel among EU member states first resumed. That same discipline and determination has enabled Rwandan cooperatives to produce coffee prized around the world. "Our farmers do not export much coffee, but the little that reaches the international market is of very high quality," says Managing Director Angelique Karekezi of Rwashoscco, a farmer-owned marketing, exporting, and roasting company.

In 2016, Angelique Karekezi attended the International Women's Coffee Alliance Leadership Summit and decided to develop a coffee product to improve women's lives. Kaffee Koperative : a German-African social business, partnered to produce "Angelique's Finest, Strong Women Strong Coffee" - specialty Rwanda coffee produced by women from crop to cup, with all generated income returned to the cooperatives.

A coffee-storage facility sits on one of Rwanda's rolling hills.

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