Community Coffee Rwanda (CCR) was founded by Eric Wright in 2017 to support farmers to improve their coffee processing in order to get the most out of the beans and help the shift to specialty coffee and to higher prices. CCR focusses on community-based development, allowing farmers and their families to benefit from group savings and microfinance opportunities. To provide community support and to build capacities of the farmers, and especially their children, is key to CCR’s mission.
CCR operates two washing stations in Karongi and Ngororero districts which are not well known for producing exportable coffee. Eric’s aim is to empower the communities close to his stations to focus more on the cultivation and quality leading to higher wages and farm profitability. At the moment CCR works with around 800 smallholder producers who deliver their often unsorted coffee cherries to the washing stations.