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.
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)