Board of Directors:
President: Isabelle Sinamenye/Coffee Quaity Controller, Licensed Q Grader
Vice President: Jeanne d'Arc Hakizimana/Producer
Secretary: Euphrasie Mashwabure/Exporter
Secretary Assistant: Pauline Ntaconkurikira/Producer
Treasurer: Melanie Baricako/Logistic Officer in Dry Mill
Vice Treasurer: Jacqueline Kaneza/Producer
Adviser: Francine Ndereyimana Francine/Producer
Adviser: Devote Nibona/Producer
- Board represents all coffee regions and all coffee value chain
- Annual fees established since constitutive assembly
- Alliance with COPROTRA established
- Alliance with BD imports established
Monthly Activities and Ongoing Projects:
- Trainings and field trips
- Partner with NGOs to finance IWCA Burundi projects
- Establishe a profit splitting plan for the sale of the chapter's coffee with BD Imports, the Burundi Chapter, and the local washing station. The plan provided a bonus payment to the IWCA Burundi members based on the coffee selling price.
Opportunities and Potential Projects:
- Establish alliances with other local coffee organizations and associations,
- Establish alliances with NGOs for some activities
- Establish alliances with BD Imports
- Extend IWCA Burundi speciality coffee participation in Cup for
Excellence in other regions
- Continue to participate in Cup of Excellance
- Support one another in all aspects related to improving women’s skills through training and information to enhance their role in Burundian society in general and agriculture in particular, focusing on coffee sector.
- Fight discrimination and marginalization of women in the coffee growing community.
- Educate women on all techniques of production, processing and marketing of agricultural products in general and in the coffee sector.
- Collaborate with other organizations with similar visions and build strong relationships with women nationally and internationally through development activities.
IWCA’s workshop “Promoting Possibilities” held in Kampala Uganda, November 2009 offered insight to Africa women in coffee about the organization and benefits of its international chapter network. In May 2010 with support from Café Africa, a Uganda based NGO, a committee was formed in Burundi and the group submitted a Letter of Intent to start the process of becoming a national chapter. A team of eight women formed the organizing committee, including five members representing each of Burundi’s coffee growing regions and three members representing transportation, exportation and coffee quality.
In March 2010 the forming chapter was successful at gaining support from local trade organizations and held their first workshop in Burundi entitled, “The Power of Women through the Power of Coffee.” The workshop was lead by Ms. Fatima Faraji Azizi, outstanding woman leader in coffee from Tanzania. The workshop was attended by 36 women and 2 men.
In October 2010 a delegation of IWCA representatives visited Burundi to offer support and build awareness within the Burundi coffee sector and government.
IWCA International received support from the International Trade Center, a joint agency of the World Trade Organization and the United Nations to assist in the formation of IWCA-Burundi.
The USAID Burundi Agribusiness Project (BAP) under the direction of Development Alternatives Inc. (DAI) and Michigan State University collaborated with Burundi's coffee development Authority, ARFIC, and its newly formed trade organization, InterCafe Burundi, to support the formation of IWCA Burundi, the first African Chapter of IWCA to become a legally recognized entity.