The SOPACDI cooperative, created in 2003, is located in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo on the banks of Lake Kivu, near to the town of Minova. The cooperative has managed to convince over 5,200 coffee growers thanks to the strengths of the project.
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In the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, the banks of Lake Kivu (located at an altitude of 1450 m at the foot of Nyiragongo volcano), provide ideal conditions for coffee growing. The old varieties of Bourbon were introduced by Belgian colonial parties and have been maintained today, enabling exceptional coffee to be produced. Coffee indeed represents a key source of income for Congo’s economy, particularly for Kivu. The cooperative obtains the coffee from the Buzi-Bulenga peninsula.
From its initial 300 members, this small cooperative has grown to a current 5,200 growers from various ethnic groups (Irundi, Kihavu and Kinyarwarda). These growers have succeeded in producing one of the most refined coffees in Africa, grown at between 1 400 and 1 700 m.
This highly aromatic coffee comes with a tangy touch and long-lasting flavour, giving the citric undertones time to take full form. The cooperative treats its coffee at three community washing stations. Parchment coffee is placed on mats for fast qualitative drying.
The project encourages the combination of garden crops – providing a basic food supply – with coffee, a commercial crop, by boosting agro-pastoral activities and supporting the transformation and sale of farming produce. Local rural associations must clearly structure their actions for the purposes of this project.
Malongo can provide direct support for those facing difficulties via a coffee-growing development project, including economic, social and environmental priorities. Thanks to this programme, Malongo has been able to directly support the sale of products, as well as the provision of the services and infrastructures behind the production process.
In addition, the cooperative has launched many initiatives to provide technical support: re-establishing coffee plantations, supplying growers with seeds and seedlings, training growers to improve the quality of the final coffee and granting microcredits to boost production.