About Coopac
COOPAC was founded in April 2001 with 110 coffee farmers. Currently we work with over 8,000 coffee producers with a current annual export capacity of over 150 containers

                                  

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Established in 2001 with 110 coffee farmers. Currently we work with over 8,000 coffee producers with a current annual export capacity of over 150 containers

Coopac since 2001

Coopac was established in April of 2001 with 110 members aiming to regenerate the coffee sector in the Gisenyi region of Lake Kivu. The initial objectives was to take advantage of the excellent natural resources in our region and focus on producing the highest quality coffee for the gourmet market so as to gain higher returns for our collective efforts thereby increase the well being of all our members. COOPAC coffee Prices has been steadily climbing in recognition of the quality improvements in turn the well being of its members has drastically improved through FairTrade initiatives that guarantee the farmers get their fair share. COOPAC went on to construct the Nyamwenda washing station in 2003 with partial grant, partial credit. Today, some 50 washing stations dot the northern lake landscape and CCOPAC has achieved FLO certification. The membership in 2004 had risen to 1,500 members. Currently that number stands at 8,000 members from the six areas of Ack, Ubuzima, Tuzamurane, Kopabm, Abakundakurima and Abanyamurava, and exported 150 containers of Fair Trade certified coffee.


COOPAC is currently promoting and providing shade tree saplings and agroforestry education to all its members so as to adhere to strict organic practices with ongoing assistance provided to fair trade community based initiatives which has so far enabled in the construction of schools, health-care clinics, roads and bridges as well as local women and youth development programs



Emmanuel Rwakagara
Founder /Managing Director

Mr Emmanuel Rwakagara is the founder and current Managing Director of COOPAC. Mr Rwakagara returned to his homeland of Rwanda in 2001 after spending 40 years in the Republic of Congo where he was born and raised. He went ahead and established coopac with the help of coffee farmers in the region who are current members and shareholders of Coopac.



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