Izere Cooperative began operating in 2010 in the Nyanza District of the Southern Province. The altitude of the coffee grown in this area ranges from 1500-1800 meters. Technoserve led Izere to Rwanda Trading Company in 2010. Rwanda Trading provided operating capital and Izere was able to produce and provide RTC with 4,000 Kgs of parchment in 2010. Izere grew in 2011 and was able to provide RTC with 11,000 Kgs of parchment. The station has continued its growth by instructing all cooperative members to plant coffee trees within their area.
Transparency is an important driver of efficiency and good governance at cooperatively-owned coffee wet mills and can lead to higher farm-gate prices. Coffeetransparency.com collates the most important production and financial information from participating wet mill businesses - from export revenues to incomes -and organizes this information into a two-page transparency sheet. The left-hand numbers are key indicators of production efficiency and farmer income for the most recently completed coffee season.
Adopting business practices that treat workers and suppliers ethically and fairly, protect the environment, and promote economic transparency will build the foundation for a sustainable business. Participating wet mills and supplying farmers are trained and audited on a set of sustainability standards that focus on 5 categories – social responsibility & ethics, occupational health & safety, environmental responsibility, economic transparency and production & farm management. The numbers on the left track compliance against best practices in each category from the most recently completed sustainability audit.