Twongere Umusaruro wa Kawa (TUK) Cooperative is located on the mountain slopes of the Great African lake region in Kayonza district, eastern Rwanda. We are owned and operated almost exclusively by women. We produce exquisite Arabica Bourbon coffee, fully washed and honey processed, cupping at 87.

We nurture our coffee trees and environment with good agricultural practices. We use grass for mulch, mix organic fertilizers with inorganic, select the best seeds, and nurture coffee tree seedlings. Every step is undertaken with absolute care to produce premium beans. With our own coffee washing station and a cupping lab we ensure quality in every single lot, carefully hand-sorting at every step.

Sustainability Impact

Specialty coffee earns premium prices for our members. We share profits 100%. We believe that if we invest in our cooperative and work towards a living wage, leaving no one behind, then everyone wins. TUK provides health insurance for every member. We also work with schools to educate young women about coffee production.

Sector / Product / Services
Function Grower, processor

Organization Cooperative

Established 2007

Growers 481

Trees 223,749

Trees per farm 300

Age of trees 6 years

Total area 90 ha

Varietals Arabica, Red Bourbon

Harvest March to June


Processing Fully washed, honey

Drying Sun-dried

Certifications In the process of gaining organic accreditation

Production 2021 30 tons

Goal 2025 100 tons
Name of contact person

TUK Cooperative

Contact Email

Phone Number

+250 787 454 099


Coffee Washing Station 1
  • Name
    Twongere Umusaruro
  • Location
    Rukara sector Kayonza district, Eastern province
  • Altitude
    1,650 MSL
  • Processing
    Fully washed, honey
  • Flavour profile
    Honey, citrus, and chocolate
  • 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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