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Meet Seraphina, a Female Rwandan Coffee Grower

Meet Seraphina, a Female Rwandan Coffee Grower
At St Remio, we want to encourage people to think about where their cup of coffee is coming from, and most importantly, celebrate the people behind it.
In every cup of coffee you enjoy, there is 1000 stories behind it. That’s the impact of each cup of coffee. Alongside sourcing sustainable, Rainforest Alliance coffee, we are also committed to giving back and supporting growing communities at origin.

We had a chat to a female Rwandan Coffee grower, Seraphina to learn about her story and role as coffee grower.

1. Tell me about yourself. Do you have children? Are you married? What do you enjoy doing?
Yes I am married. I have 5 children.
I enjoy working on my farming practices in my daily life. I take pride in being a good farmer.
2. Tell me about your role in coffee growing and what a typical day looks like for you. How long have you been growing coffee?
My role in the coffee plantation involves coffee maintenance and protection. We do this using the IPM method (IPM: Integrated Pest Management). I also conduct coffee production within the coffee washing station. I have been growing coffee since 2002.
3. What made you choose to work in coffee? Did your parents also work in coffee, and if so how long did they do it for?
I chose to work in coffee because it’s a cash crop and helps me support my family.
4.What is hardest part of coffee growing and the challenges you face?
Every aspect of growing coffee is challenging because it requires time and money. It takes a long time to get to the first production. It is also challenging getting a good cherry price.
My motivation each day is growing quality coffee in my plantation. When the quality is good, it increases the quantity of the harvest, which means more income for me and my family.
5. What is it like to be part of Cocagi femme and how do you support each other?
I like being a part of the women association as we collaborate and share ideas with the other women in the group. By working together, we get new perspectives that help us improve our crop.
6. What would you like to see change about the coffee industry ?
I would like to see the price of coffee cherries increased, which will allow coffee farmers to increase their coffee plantation. 
7. What makes Rwandan coffee so special?
Rwandan coffee is so special because of the Rwandan environmental protection policies, and how the coffee is processed.
8. What do you love most about RWANDA?
I love Rwanda because of the good governance which promotes gender equity.
9. Anything else you would like to say?
I would like to say how grateful I am for the support for the Cocagi Women’s Association. The help we receive in coffee farming benefits our business which in turn makes an impact on the lives of us and our families.
By purchasing St Remio Coffee you are choosing to empower female coffee farmers like Francine. That's the St Remio difference! 
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