St Remio

St Remio: Coffee with a conscience

St Remio is committed to empowering the lives of Rwanda’s female coffee producers and promoting the stories behind each cup. June 21 was no ordinary day for St Remio Director Julia Tink and Founder Trent Knox. As they emerged from their car at the top of a hill overlooking the Rukara suburb in the Kayonza district of Rwanda, they heard singing and chanting in the distance. Drawn to the sounds, the husband-and-wife team made their way down the dusty clay path holding hands. Tears rolled down Julia’s face as she saw the joyous expressions of 150 local women who had gathered to celebrate the official opening of the Twongere Umusaruro Cupping Lab and give thanks.
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Marceline Budza

Hope for Congo

Marceline Budza is empowering women in the Democratic Republic of Congo to stand as equal, confident, and capable women in coffee. At three years of age, Marceline’s parents would bring her a cup of coffee to wake up each day. Like most Congolese, coffee was prepared in the artisanal way: roasted in pans and ground in a pestle. Back then, Marceline saw coffee only as “black and a little bitter”. These days, it’s her profession. Marceline wakes up each morning glorifying God. She drinks a cup of coffee after taking care of her husband and son, goes to work in the office or coffee fields, and continues to drink a cup of coffee every two hours.
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Celebrating women in the workforce

On International Women’s Day, 8 March, Australian Small Business and Family Enterprise Ombudsman Kate Carnell has acknowledged the importance of women in the workforce, particularly in the small business sector. Read More