For the fourth year in a row, we are pleased to offer a coffee from this all-women’s cooperative! Many of our customers have come to know the name Nyampinga, which the members of this cooperative have selected as the name of their group. It has a nuanced translation in Rwanda’s native Kinyarwanda language that alludes to the coming of age of a young woman who is proud, beautiful and respected in her community.
Since 2013 the women of Nyampinga have been working on improving the quality of their coffee through a training program funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies, and lead by Sustainable Growers, a nonprofit organization that works in collaboration with our friends at Sustainable Harvest Coffee Importers. With assistance from Sustainable Growers, Nyampinga has made impressive strides in a short period of time. Just a few years ago members sold coffee cherries at low prices in the local market, today they have established a cooperatively owned wet mill and formalized exporting procedures. This is only the fourth time the cooperative has exported coffee to the United States and Equator is happy to continue the purchasing relationship with this committed group of coffee producers.