On the slopes of the Ruwenzori Mountains, bordering the Virunga National Park in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, small family farms grow Arabica coffee of superior quality. Many coffee growers in the region are members of the Kawa Kanzururu cooperative (COOKKANZ). 875 members now collectively sell their quality coffee through this cooperative to several companies in the international speciality coffee market. The cooperative is built around coffee processing centres, called micro-washing stations, each one serving between 50 and 100 coffee growers.
In November 2017, Rikolto in DR Congo used the Inclusive Business Scan to collect stories from members of the Kawa Kanzururu Arabica coffee cooperative. The aim was to understand what the members think about having access to the coffee micro-washing station, about the relationship between members, micro-washing station and the cooperative. This will help pave the way for the Kawa Kanzururu cooperative being able to operate independently without Rikolto’s support.