Mid-October a container of green coffee from North Kivu (DRC) arrived at the roasting centre of Belgium's biggest retailer Colruyt Group. It comes from North Kivu, a region plagued by many difficulties, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Colruyt Group and Rikolto have joined forces to support Kawa Kabuya, a cooperative of 2,200 small coffee growers.
How? By guaranteeing a significant purchase volume for 3 years, 60% of which is paid for by pre-financing the harvest. Thanks to this financial lifeline, the cooperative can maintain its exports and invest in its activities.