We are excited to introduce you to Rwandan Economic Development Initiative (REDI)! We have been inspired by the impressive work of REDI’s founder, Christine Condo. She is a powerful Rwandan woman who is organizing other women to lift themselves out of poverty. Christine has taken her extensive experience working with coffee cooperatives through Fair Trade USA (formally Trans Fair USA) to support rural farmers as they strengthen their cooperatives and business strategies.
REDI is a non-profit organization founded in February of 2010 with the main objective of proving strategic trade-related assistance to the small holder coffee farmers. It is engaged in the entire value chain of improving production and building up sustainable market access through improvement of business performance, increasing market linkages and quality production supply.
To provide support and technical expertise, institutional and financial capacity building for coffee cooperative members to meet the requirements of the international Fair Trade certification.
To improve the living standards of cooperative members and their families through members’ empowerment, education for better community health, and a healthy environment.
REDI Values: Empowerment, Fair Trade, Partnerships,Transparency, Accountability, Sustainability, Efficiency, Participation, and Profitability.
Main Activities of REDI
Negotiating financial support for processing and marketing operations
Sensitizing new cooperatives to obtain Fair Trade certification
Supporting cooperatives to meet all standards requirements
Encouraging and promoting women in the coffee sector
Capacity Building within the cooperative to ensure that all systems are in place
Participating in national and international producer conferences and exhibitions
Producer trainings, exhibitions, and workshops
Increase and strengthen the capacity of farmers’ cooperatives with particular attention to those involved in the coffee sector
Optimize the benefits given such organizations to their members and vice versa
Strengthen the capacities and abilities of the executive secretaries, the cooperative management and staff, and the representative bodies of the organizations, improve the overall business performance of farmers, rural business people and their organizations.
Promote the women’s agenda and perspective operating in the sector
Collaborate with other national and international organizations
Improve the socioeconomic welfare of the farmers through:
- Fighting against HIV/AIDS & stigmatization of people living with HIV/AIDS
- Sanitary education and Family Planning
- Adult Literacy
- Education for environmental education and literacy