This coffee from the Rebuild Women's Hope Cooperative is a wonderful example of some of the best offerings from the DRC, with wonderful notes of pineapple, vanilla, brown sugar, baking spice, and a syrupy, juicy body.
Marcelline Budza, inspired by her own mother’s resilience, established Rebuild Women’s Hope (RWH) in 2013 along the shores of Idjwi, a large remote island in the middle of Lake Kivu in eastern Congo with a vision “to place women at the center of the integral development of her community” and that “building the hope of women is building the hope of the entire nation.”
Even in its early days, the cooperative has been investing in the lives of members in meaningful ways. Micro-credit programs are hard to access and often come with exorbitant interest rates, so RWH offers pre-harvest, interest-free loans which producers can repay during the harvest with either cash or cherry. They also have plans (and now also the land) to build a health clinic on the island as many members currently lack access to basic health services. Additionally, RWH is offering an incentive program where they give members a cow or a goat at the end of the season if they reach certain cherry-delivery thresholds.
Coffee production has been, like every facet of life in the DRC, subject to the forces of decades of civil conflict. Recently, though, because of international aid, and the specialty coffee industry, the country has been able to produce coffees that can compete well with the best offerings from Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya.
NOTE: Our coffee is shipped out within 2 days of roast date (usually within 24 hours), and shipping days are Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.