The Kopakama Cooperative was founded in 1998 with only 48 members and with the aim to farm only high quality arabica coffee. Today the cooperative include over 600 members as well as a Women’s Coffee project. 180 women from the Kopakama Coop formed a women’s group to rehabilitate their farmlands together and empower themselves. Today, they have reinvested in their community through increasing water access and purchasing cows for their members. There are now over 250 women in the Kopakama coop.
Rwanda was left devastated by the 1994 genocide that killed 800,000 people and forced two million to flee. From 2001-2006, a USAID project called PEARL (Partnership to Enhance Agriculture in Rwanda through Linkages) invested more than $10 million to help producers improve coffee quality by financing washing stations and offering technical assistance.