In celebration of International Women’s Day (March 8), Queen City Collective Coffee announced the opening of the Hingakawa Women’s Association women’s center in Rwanda, which it helped fund. The Hingakawa Women’s Association is an all-female farming subgroup of the Abakundakawa Cooperative of Rushashi in northern Rwanda. Queen City is a major supporter of the Hingakawa Association, and was the main financial contributor to the new center. The new buildings provide office space for the association to advance their organizational development and off-season income generation. The space includes a vocational wing and small guest house used for international tourism. During the coffee off-season, the local farmers can learn how to sew and then sell their wares at a local farmer’s market. The women of the association are the original inspiration behind the name ‘Queen City’ as well as the impetus to launch the Made by HER revenue-sharing business model. The Made by HER program aims to empower women farmers with increased revenue so they are able to make a difference in their communities, it says.
Coffee brand helps fund all-female farming subgroup
April 10, 2020