Our first project - the 'Shema' washing station in Muyumbu, Rwanda. Muyumbu is some 35 kilometres east of Kigali city, about an hour and a half drive from the capital. Nestled in Rwanda's beautiful green and fertile rolling hills, the Shema Washing Station is located at approximately 1800 metres above sea level, perfect for growing specialty coffee.
Our relationship with Mr and Mrs Charles Shema comes about through our partner Aegis Trust, who recognised Charles and the good work he was doing some 12 years ago. A community-focused leader, Charles from early on, supported the community with cows and pigs to produce manure for fertiliser and helped develop systems that allowed his farming partners in the area to farm more organically, he helped to drive quality and established markets for the farmers coffee.