Rwandan Coffee Co-op Given Top Swedish Prize
A Speciality Coffee producing cooperative in a remote village in Rwanda is to be honoured in Sweden on Thursday.
The village in the southern part of the small central African nation, is home to an organic coffee growing cooperative whose work has helped promote unity and deveopment in a country still recovering from the 1994 genocide.
For its efforts in promoting socialy responsible and environmentally friendly coffee production, the collective is being awarded the International Environmental Prize of Gothenburg. Maraba coffee has earned hundreds of thousands of dollars for its members and its exports, marketed along with other collectives, is sold in North America, Europe and Japan.
”Thanks to our coffee we earn money, we can open bank accounts, we can buy cows and we can pay school fees,” said 29-year-old Claire Kampeta, who is known as Rwanda’s best coffee taster. ”You can see a change in the way we live.”
Survivors are said to work, seemingly without bitterness, alongside people whose relatives are accused of having killed their families.