Rwanda Abateraninkunga Ba Sholi

Cooperative Coffee

Abateraninkunga Ba Sholi (Sholi) is a 1st grade cooperative group based in the Sholi sector of Muhanga district in central Rwanda. It was set up on 2008 by 30 women in the region, who united to commercialize their coffee and invigorate the local coffee market. The organization’s name ‘Abateraninkunga’ means ‘mutual assistance’ in the local Kinyarwanda language. After a few years men were admitted into the previously female-only cooperative. The name was changed to ‘Abateraninkunga Ba Sholi’ to reflect this. There are now 334 producers in the cooperative. Women make up 42% of the membership. Sholi is located at very high altitude and gets plentiful rainfall. This combines with fertile soil and a temperate climate, which makes the area ideal for producing high quality coffees. The group won the Rwandan Cup of Excellence Award in 2014 and 2015.


Country: Rwanda
Region: Muganga District, Southern Province
Farm Size: 0.35 ha per smallholder on average (106 ha in total)
Altitude: 1.800-2.000 masl
Cooperative: Abateraninkunga Ba Sholi
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This coffee has a fresh, citric acidity, a juicy, smooth body and flavors of tropical fruits.

Tropical Fruits
Variety: Bourbon
Processing: pulped, sun-dried, hand-picked, washed
Body: Juicy, Smooth
Acidity: Citric
Cupping Score: 86
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