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 joined Bloomberg Philanthropies to bring the innovative Relationship Model to Rwanda. Developed by RCI’s sister organization, Sustainable Harvest® Coffee Importers, 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.

To implement the Relationship Model in low-income farmer communities, Bloomberg Philanthropies invited RCI to become a collaborative partner with Women for Women International.


About the Partnership:

Bloomberg Philanthropies has invested in Women for Women International since 2008 on programs that help women in sub-Saharan Africa improve their lives by connecting them to training, education and long-term economic opportunities. WFWI’s program consists of 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.