This 100% organic, fair-trade Arabica coffee cooperative produces high-quality gourmet coffee. This is one of the 2 Congolese cooperatives that sells to Ethiquable, with whom they have been collaborating since 2018. It sources its coffee cherries from over 2,000 growers in South Kivu, on the island of Idjwi on the border with Rwanda, between 1,400 and 1,800 m above sea level. It processes the cherries into parchment and then green coffee in Goma, before exporting 95% of its production to Europe at fairly high prices.
In addition to the factors mentioned above, agriculture in Kivu is among the most dynamic in the country, particularly in the coffee sector, but also in food crops, with a complex combination of crops and small livestock. The area farmed per family is small because of the very high population density, which is close to that of Rwanda. Coffee is the main source of income for producers. On the island of Idjwi, the main activities are fishing and coffee.
The impact of the cooperative, which has existed in the area since 2012, is fairly high, thanks to its democratic governance, the sharing of added value through fair premiums and the strong development of agro-ecology. The technical support currently being provided will enable these impacts to be accentuated.