Angelique Karekezi, President of the IWCA Rwanda Chapter and Managing Director of Rwashoscco, has shared with the IWCA Global Network that the Rambagira Kawa cooperative has a new partnership with German social business start-up Kaffee-Kooperative.de.
The Rwandan women's only cooperative, and IWCA Rwanda Chapter member, Rambagira Kawa is partnering with Kaffee-Kooperative to introduce Angelique's Finest, coffee 100% Made by Women, to the German market. Kaffee-Kooperative is currently crowdfunding the project at https://www.startnext.com/angeliques-finest. The project is supported by women's right organization TERRE DES FEMMES and German women's magazine BRIGITTE. The crowdfunding takes place from January 13th to February 25th, 2018.
Angelique's Finest is a specialty coffee, that is grown in the volcanic mountains of Rwanda, from seed to cup produced by women. All profits from the sale are being returned to the cooperative to support independence and participation by women and their families. The arabica coffee is marked by a soft sweetness, a touch of chocolate and a hint of citrus. Angelique's Finest is Fairtrade certified. If the crowdfunding is successful, the coffee will be available in Germany mid 2018.
Dr. Melanie Grundmann of Kaffee-Kooperative.de add this perspective on IWCA: "Kaffee-Kooperative.de and our partners in bringing Angelique's Finest to Germany, women's rights organization TERRE DES FEMMES and women magazine BRIGITTE, appreciate the work of IWCA chapters worldwide, empowering women in the coffee business through trainings, education and networking to become independent and entrepreneurial. Collaborating closely with Angelique Karekezi, Rwanda chapter head of IWCA, ensures that the women producers of Angelique's Finest get all the support they need and secures the credibility that our consumers expect."