Set coffee cooperatives in eastern Congo on their way to financial freedom

About 85% of the coffee in the Congo is smuggled illegally across the border. Small coffee growers get almost no income from this. This project puts this coffee back in the formal commercial circuit. Quality also increases because the harvested beans are processed at decentralized micro washing stations (MWS) owned by the farmers themselves. Rikolto has been involved in this co-investment project with great success since 2014. More and more farmers’ groups are champing at the bit to set up their own wash stations.
 
Already collected € 300
Searched budget € 26.700
NGO
Rikolto
Location
DR Congo
Project duration
2018 - 2021
Co-financing
DGD (Rikolto’s koffieprogramma), Efico Foundation, Lokale boerengroepen
Project code
10007
Theme
Landbouw
Set coffee cooperatives in eastern Congo on their way to financial freedom

PURPOSE


Rikolto wants to offer as many groups of coffee growers as possible (100 per group) the opportunity to set up a micro wash station. The umbrella coffee cooperatives (Rikolto established 4 in 2014) will be able to collect more high-quality coffee for export, and therefore also reach break-even point sooner.
 

BUDGET REQUESTED VIA ENTREPRENEURS FOR ENTREPRENEURS


Donations requested for:
- 2019: € 8,900 for 1 micro wash station (100 farmers)
- 2020: € 8,900 for 1 micro wash station (100 farmers)
- 2021: € 8,900 for 1 micro wash station (100 farmers)
 

SOCIAL IMPACT


The profits from coffee export flow back to the small-scale coffee growers. This allows them to earn a living wage and gives them more economic clout to demand a better and more transparent business climate from the Congolese government and from their private partners. This is a great benefit for the women who can now handle the processing for their own account via the wash stations.
 

KEY WORDS


- Local entrepreneurship 
- Better income 
- Better quality
- Women