The mission of the Relationship Coffee Institute (RCI), a non-profit public benefit corporation, is to increase social and economic opportunity for smallholder commodity farmers and their families.
RCI was created as the result of a partnership between Bloomberg Philanthropies and Sustainable Harvest® Coffee Importers. Bloomberg Philanthropies approached Sustainable Harvest® Inc., interested in bringing the innovative Relationship Model to Rwanda. This unique model disrupts opaque, commodity-driven systems to increase value throughout the supply chain, fosters greater sustainability and has a 15-year track record of demonstrated success with smallholder coffee farmers in Latin America and East Africa.
About the Partnership:
For more than a decade, Bloomberg Philanthropies has invested in programs that help women in sub-Saharan Africa improve their lives by connecting them to training, education and long-term economic opportunities. This supports includes a successful partnership with Women for Women International, which offers a yearlong curriculum that teaches women about economic, social and civic rights as well as health and wellness practices.
Building on this successful partnership with Women for Women International, Bloomberg Philanthropies approached Sustainable Harvest® in 2013 to form a dynamic collaboration that aims to train women in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo in sustainable and profitable agriculture. By working with local governments and the private sector, the project provides women an entry point to international buyers and aims to help further national economic development.