The IWCA Democratic Republic of Congo Chapter was the proud recipient of $20,000 of grant money from the 2014 Java Jog, an annual run that raises money and awareness for women in coffee producing communities. The 2014 Java Jog raised over $34,000 to help women in the Democratic Republic of Congo overcome the violence they face and help the women rebuild their communities and coffee producing regions. The IWCA chapter will use the funds to support 750 women coffee growers of Lubarika and Ndolera village, and Uvira Territory and allow the women to set up washing stations and purchase equipment for the processing and packaging of coffee.
The DRC Chapter was established in February 2014 by Chantal Binwa, who signed the Letter of Understanding in Bujumbura, Burundi. Chantal attended the 2012 IWCA Leadership Training in Nairobi and following the training she began establishing the chapter in order to "join the movement in coffee" and "find solutions to various problems faced by women in the cultivation of coffee in our country." The DRC chapter has already made great strides in 2014 and we look forward to seeing the chapter continue to empower the women coffee farmers.
Donations are still be accepted for the Java Jog to help give hope to the coffee women of DRC - http://bit.ly/1BFNw3p