The Democratic Republic of the Congo became the 6th African country to join the International Women's Coffee Alliance network of global chapters. The goal of the non-for-profit organization is to empower women in the coffee supply chain by helping women live more meaningful and sustainable lives and to help advance women into decision making roles. Chantal Binwa, a coffee farmer from the D.R. Congo started this journey of forming a national chapter after attending a leadership training workshop over a year ago for African women in coffee. Chantal was proud to join the network by signing a Letter of Understanding with IWCA.
Those in attendance included IWCA VP Phyllis Johnson and a host of other African IWCA Chapter members. Also present were high level officials such as:
- Arancha Gonzalez, UN International Trade Centre Executive Director
- Odette Kayitesi, Minister of Agriculture & Livestock Burundi
- Robério Oliveira Silva, International Coffee Organization, Executive Director
- Dawn Liberi, US Ambassador