SOPACDI is an organization of more than 5,600 farmers, about 20% of whom are women, located near Lake Kivu in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Joachim Munganga, himself a former farmer, founded SOPACDI in 2003 by renovating a processing station that provides services and market access to farmers who grow their coffee in these deserted mountains. Prior to its establishment, local farmers had very limited access to the market and were often forced to sell their coffee in a barter manner. SOPACDI is the first association in Congo to receive Fair Trade certification.
Region: Birambe Village, Kalehe Territory
Farm: 90 small growers SOPACDI
Altitude: 2000 m above sea level
Variety: Blue Mountain, Bourbon, Caturra, Catuai, Kabare 2