Buhanga Coffee Cooperative grows sustainable specialty coffee in Gisagara, southern Rwanda. We started Buhanga in 2009 with seven men and one woman. Our plan was to grow coffee in our area and get others involved, especially women and youth. Today we have 387 farmers, including 127 women, and are certified Fairtrade. Our farmers care for our wonderful environment and help build a bright new future for our country through coffee.

Sustainability Impact

We embrace solar and sustainable water management, and practice organic farming, including beekeeping for pollination. Our coffee profits improve the livelihoods of our farming families: we share everything.

Buhanga provides zero interest micro loans to members to pay school fees, and covers annual health insurance. We also give money to community health centres to buy children food and help prevent stunting.

Sector / Product / Services
Organization Cooperative

Established 2009

Growers 375

Trees 157,543

Altitude 1,800–2,000 MSL

Varietals Arabica, Red Bourbon

Age of trees 7–20 years

Total area 67 ha

Processing Fully washed

Drying Drying tables

Certifications Working towards Fairtrade, Rainforest Alliance, and UTZ

Production 2021 35 tons

Goal 2025 50 tons
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Name of contact person

Mr. Eric Nsanzinshuti

Contact Email

Phone Number

+250 784 023 086


Coffee Washing Station 1
  • Name
    Buhanga CWS
  • Location
    Rurama village, Kimana cell, Musha sector, Gisagara district, Southern province
  • Altitude
    1,800–2,000 MSL
  • Processing
    Fully washed
  • Flavour profile
    Balanced sweetness and small acidity, good flavour, aroma and aftertaste
  • Cupping
Our Mission
To connect the worlds' agriculture supply chains and ensure a value generating network that benefits the business, the consumer, the farmer and everyone in between.
We develop end-to-end traceability solutions specifically designed to serve our customers from the farm gate all the way to end consumers.
Contribution to the following Sustainable Development Goals:

We're a Swiss-based company delivering trusted end-to-end traceability solutions to global supply chains. We empower action in the areas of digitalisation, sustainability and transparency, and deliver solutions to our clients that deliver on their goals and help them overcome operational challenges to traceability.

In 2021 we ran a successful Series A funding round, joined the official platform of the UN Global Compact, and we are actively contributing towards SDG12 (Responsible Consumption and Production), SDG8 (Decent work and economic growth), SDG9 (Industry, innovation & infrastructure and SDG15 (Life on Land).
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About Switch ON
Better digital connectivity for small businesses to trade
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The International Trade Centre (ITC) has launched a new corporate initiative dubbed: Switch ON. Focusing on digital connectivity, ITC calls on partners to prioritize investments in connectivity and on policymakers to create the right conditions for small businesses in developing and transition countries to profit from digital trade and entrepreneurship.

The initiative is integral to ITC's 2022-2025 Strategic Plan, which prioritizes digital connectivity as a key enabler to an inclusive, sustainable, and prosperous world.

Switch ON focuses on delivering affordable networks and unlocking access through education and digital literacy. Partnerships with local and international companies play an important role in the initiative’s success.
Our mission
Switch ON’s cross-cutting delivery model combines the expertise of teams across ITC to address three layers.

1. Ecosystem layer: looks at how business support organizations can digitalize their clients and advocate for more affordable connectivity Strategy and policy layer: disseminates evidence-based innovations in policy and thought leadership

2. Enterprise layer: raises the profile of MSMEs to attract investment to new models in connectivity, enabling them to trade digitally
3. Partnerships with local and international companies are expected to play a key role, and will require the contribution of partners beyond those traditionally engaged in "Aid for Trade".

These partners may have a far more specific and technical role in delivering connectivity and infrastructure and services. ITC will ensure that MSMEs receive appropriate attention and support to meet their potential. We welcome discussions on how we can best work together toward this outcome.
Our ambition
- Enable institutions to implement policy and initiatives so MSMEs can access and use the internet;

- Affordable and reliable connectivity, in towns of all sizes;

- Easy, affordable access to online payments;

- Vibrant e-commerce services, including local marketplaces and other service providers;

- Digital entrepreneurialism, built on the development and uptake of local solutions.
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