We all enjoy coffee, but we don’t often spend time thinking about exactly what has gone into it and the communities that grow it. At St Remio, the company is built on the fundamentals of quality, transparency and community – giving back and supporting and educating the coffee growing community is the priority.
After the genocide, around 1 million men were killed, leaving the women of Rwanda in charge of running the coffee plantations. Sustainable Harvest has created a program that supports the women and educates them in running a business and using the best farming practices to ensure they get the best yield to support their community. They also run an incentive program to help the women receive quality of life products. A percentage of all sales of St Remio coffee goes back to supporting this program, meaning consumers are making a difference directly at the source.
So where has the money we’ve raised been spent so far?
Assets purchased and their benefits:Agricultural Tools ( pruning, shears, pruning saws, and sprayer)
- Help to improve coffee production in terms of quality and quantity
- Apply pesticides for pests and disease control
- Will increase income from sales of livestock descendants
- Will provide organic manure to apply on coffee plots
- Improve nutrition of family’s through rich proteins in meat consumption
- Most farmers have no electricity at home, therefore, this will help improve help with the removal of petrol lamps.
- Increased savings as they will be used as the main source of light in the family home
- Improved education for children studying at night
- Social and environmental benefit.
- Provide comfortable bed and improved sleep
- Protect the family from diseases generated from ground dirtiness
- Socially improve women’s clothing look and quality
- Build women’s confidence to appear in public