RTC is a private, for profit, coffee exporter, based in Kigali, Rwanda. RTC exports 26% of Rwanda’s annual coffee production & the majority of its specialty, Arabica. RTC owns 9 wet mills, leases 7 and finances 50 privately-owned wet mills. Its supply chain includes 82,000 small-plot farmers, all of whom receive cash payment immediately at the time of sale.
The Collaborative Agribusiness (CA) model raises coffee farmers incomes through agribusiness/personal finance training and linking farmers directly to supply chains and the formal financial sector. The project has been designed and implemented in Rwanda since 2013 by Rwanda Trading Company (RTC) and piloted by TCC & GLC since 2015 with over 10,000 farmers. It will expand to 70,000 farmers by 2020 with FRP funding.
Key Areas of Scale
The funds will be used to contextualize and build upon existing training materials, expand the TMPP, and provide seed funding for training the first 70,000 farmers, which includes support for new staff, program management expenses and capital investments. Specific capital investments include software, trucks, motors, bicycles, and computer hardware.