Project #172 | Empowering Female Coffee Farmers in Rwanda
Our partnership with Kula Project
In Rwanda, not only is the poverty rate higher for those who depend on agriculture as their primary source of income, but female coffee farmers also face a disproportionate amount of barriers in access to resources and knowledge. Even though women carry an unequally large burden of responsibilities within the sector, they are often excluded from decision-making processes and enjoy less access to resources, including land, credit, agricultural inputs, training, information, and leadership opportunities. Additionally, since coffee businesses usually only produce income three to four months out of the year, many of these women spend the majority of the year not earning a sufficient income.
One Day’s Wages’ work with Kula Project strives to eradicate poverty in coffee communities through the development of entrepreneurs. Through our partnership, Kula has been able to invest in 100 female coffee farmers through their Fellowship Program. The Fellows each received access to industry training, personal development services, and investment opportunities, as well as personalized one-on-one mentorship throughout the 15-month program. The goal of this program is to encourage the Fellows to develop viable family farming businesses as well as improve their household’s capacity to make informed and strategic choices about their health alongside the various social, spiritual, and financial dimensions of their lives. By providing this opportunity to coffee farmers, Kula is challenging the current reality faced by coffee farmers in Rwanda, providing them with access to resources, inputs, training, information and leadership opportunities that they currently lack.
Our collective impact
Percent increase in income
Training hours per Fellow
Percent increase in coffee harvest yield
Marie is described by our mentors as an incredibly courageous woman and a natural leader. She participated wholeheartedly throughout the Kula Fellowship program, growing confidence through mentorship, developing a household vision with her husband, and keeping a record of their income and expenses. After pitching her business idea of rearing pigs in order to produce organic fertilizer to use on her own farm and sell in her community, she was awarded a financial investment to get her business off the ground. Marie Claire has also used her Kula Fellowship nutrition training to teach her neighbors how to construct their own healthy kitchen gardens, thereby contributing to healthier eating habits in her community.
Thank you for making this possible!
Our movement is grassroots, to us that not only means the work on the ground is led by local leaders with the support of the community, but it also means that we raise the funds for our projects through everyday donors just like you. In addition to all the donors that gave $25, $100, or $250 and the campaigners that ran a race or donated their birthday to raise funds, we also want to thank our generous business, school, and faith sponsors who believed in our work and joined the movement.
If you want to support future projects like this you can make a donation to our jobs and skills fund.