From a humble small-scale farmer, Nyiramahoro’s productivity has over the years increased her crop out to 17 tonnes per season presently.
She attributes this milestone to the National Agriculture Export Board (NAEB) efforts that have enabled her and other farmers to enhance quantity, quality and encourage value-addition, as well as support from the coffee co-operative.
The mother of three earns about Rwf5 million from coffee and other produce each season. Overall, the co-operative produces over 1,000 tonnes of coffee beans for export per season, she says. She notes that they are targeting to almost double this in coming years.
Nyiramahoro has built rentals in Kirehe District using savings from coffee trade, has 15 Friesian cows and has bought more land to expand the coffee plantations. “I bought two trucks to transport the coffee cherries to the washing station,” she says, adding that she is able to pay school fees for her three children in good schools.