Buhanga is a small cooperative in the southern region of Rwanda near to the Burundian border, in an area surrounded by sunflower fields. The coop is named after the historic name of the region, as the members wanted to pass on a sense of the region’s cultural history to their children.
Local tradition in this area is that when women marry, they receive land from their parents, meaning that female coffee farmers have been very involved in the cooperative from its very beginning. The cooperative owns 2 hectares of land around the washing station which they have planted with 6,000 coffee trees. The washing station has a new parchment store and pulping machine. Farmers are given credit with no interest which helps a lot with school fees.