Dusangirumugambi, Burundi

"Share the same goals"

Dusangirumugambi, meaning "share the same goals", is a young and ambitious cooperative overlooking the lush, green paddy fields of Karusi province. Starting with 120 members in 2014, today this number has almost quadrupled.

  • Region: Karusi province, central
  • Founded: 2014
  • Producers: 469, including 96 women
  • Certifications: Fairtrade
  • Varieties: Jackson, Bourbon
  • Soil type: Sandy, clay
  • Harvest time: April to July
  • Shipment time: August to November. Exported by COCOCA
  • Elevation: 1650-1800m
  • Post-harvest process: Fully-washed at central washing station (owned by the coop); single fermentation (between 12 and 18 hours), dried on raised tables; parchment stored in ventilated warehouse (70MT capacity); coffee pulp distributed to farmers for compost. Milled at Horamama, Kayanza
  • Quality and the cup: Fully Washed Arabica Screen 15+. Sweet, red berry, chocolate, toffee

Summary

Inspired by NGO-run community programmes operating in the local area, Dusangirumugambi have decided to develop their own female-led gender justice and sustainable agriculture programmes, which are currently being implemented in the cooperative’s 27 local coffee-growing communities. The cooperative’s next projects are to construct water tanks, give members animals to produce organic fertiliser, and to connect the washing station to electricity. As the supply from the local village is too unreliable, the farmers have been using generators to power the pulping machine, but they are now hoping to install solar panels as a more reliable and ecologically-friendly solution.