MATRIARCH COFFEE IS THE STORY OF
Ms. Marie Mukamurenzi was raised in a family of coffee farmers in the heart of the high hills of South-West of Rwanda. After finishing her secondary school education, she became a teacher at a primary school. At the age of 22, she got married to Celestin who was a coffee farmer and trader. Five years into the marriage, she had her third child and had to give up on her teaching career to raise her children. As an alternative source of income, she embarked on coffee which also afforded her more time with the kids at the farm.
For over thirty years now, Marie and her husband Mr. Celestin Rumenerangabo have used Gasharu Farms to positively affect both their family and their community. Building on her experience in education, Marie has been the key for the education of her 9 children in addition to supporting education of hundreds of children from her community. One of her children Valentin specializes in coffee and ensures Matriarch Coffee roasts the world class quality coffee.
We were so inspired by Ms. Marie that we partnered exclusively with Gasharu Farms to launch Matriarch Coffee and build on her expertise to invest in supporting a new generation of Matriarchs in the Gasharu Community.
AT MATRIARCH COFFEE
OUR SOCIAL IMPACT GOAL
Is to financially empower women and farmers' households
Coffee farmers, majority women, work long hours to give us a cup of good coffee. Women in coffee farming communities are the hearts of their households and with the cost of one cup of coffee we can impact their households greatly. Matriarch coffee allocates 10% of all of its profits to support initiatives that promotes risk reduction, prosperity and financial empowerment of women in the coffee farming communities.