Kigembe Cooperative is located in the Gisagara District of Kigembe Sector in the Southern Province. From 1994-2009, the farmers practiced home processing produced semi-washed coffee only. In 2010,through Technoserve support ,they started practicing the processing of fully washed coffee in to help combat poverty and led Kigembe to Rwanda Trading Company to provide operating capital. After Kigembe became a cooperative in 2010 with 110 members, they were able to produce and provide RTC with 13,400 Kgs of parchment. In 2011, Kigembe was able to produce and provide RTC with 26,000 Kgs of parchment.
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.