Mukindo Cooperative began in 2010 as a fully washed coffee station with 187 cooperative members. The altitude of the coffee grown in this area is 1400-1600 meters. Technoserve lead Mukindo to Rwanda Trading Company to help provide Mukindo with operating capital and help finance their purchases of cherries. Mukindo provided RTC with 8,500 Kgs of parchment in 2010 and provided 14,300 Kgs of parchment in 2011.
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.