Sholi webpage

  • Region: Muhanga district, southern province
  • Founded: 2008
  • Producers: 334, including 143 women
  • Certifications: FLO, RFA
  • Varieties: Bourbon
  • Soil type: Volcanic to sandy clay 
  • Harvest time: March to June
  • Shipment time: May to December. Exported by Rwashoscco
  • Elevation: 1800-2000m
  • Post-harvest process: Fully-washed at central washing station (owned by the cooperative); single fermentation (12-18 hours); 15 covered tables for handsorting; dried on raised beds; parchment stored in ventilated warehouse (56MT capacity); coffee pulp distributed to farmers to compost. Dry-milled at Rwacof or Maraba.
  • Quality and the cup: Fully Washed Arabica Grades A1 and A2, including Coffee Grown by Women

Summary

The full name of the cooperative is Abateraninkunga ba Sholi. Abateraninkunga means 'mutual assistance' in Kinyarwanda and represents the farmers' commitment to working together in a positive way. Female empowerment is embedded in the cooperatives foundations. Sholi was initially formed from women's associations. Its president, Jeanne, is a compelling spokesperson and advocate on the importance of women participating in coffee production and sales on equal terms to men.

Sholi has a very professional and friendly approach to marketing their coffee, and is very proactive at sharing information and welcoming visitors to the cooperative.