Kajabura Natural Akawa Project
Elevation Ave: 1365
Farm Name: Kajabure
Kajabures meaning comes from a small river on one of the hills near the station called KAJABURE. This washing station is managed today by 32 year old Aimé-Patrick Habwintaha and is surrounded by rolling hills, with 928 farmers who produce around 55 tons of exportable green coffee per harvest. The region has a temperature year-round average of 18 degrees. BURAMBI washing station is located 106 km south of the capital Bujumbura.
Aimé-Patrick Habwintaha is the current manager at Kajabure. He was born in Kayanza and is the station’s manager. Before Aimé worked in coffee he was a primary school teacher at the Rukago school. His wife is currently working in Rwanda at the UNHCR and they have two children together. Aimé also has a coffee plot of 1007 trees in Kayanza that he inherited from his deceased parents. He shares the responsibilities with younger brother who manages it for him.
The Kajabure mill is one of 13 mills that form the Akawa project. A joint venture between SUCCAM and Supremo, the Akawa project was created to help producers escape the cycle of poverty in a sustainable and equitable way. Producers, striving for fairer remunerations and better living conditions, demanded a path towards prosperity. As such the projects working directives are based around UTZ certification standards, focusing on good agricultural practices, environmental responsibility and social equity as the central tenets of success for project members.
Latitude, Longitude: -3.97734, 29.57027
Participating Farmers: 928
Year Created: 1991
Coffee Variety: Arabica – Red Bourbon
Soil Type: Humus-Volcanic Soil
Average Temperature: 18 °C (12°C / 23.5°C)
Processing capacity: 55MT of green coffee
Drying Beds: 210
Seedlings in nursery: 36000
Distance to washing station: 106 to Bujumbura
Washing station Manager: Aimé-Patrick Habwintaha
Agronomist: Gratien Kabura